One good thing about my UPS battery giving up the ghost was being off the computer during yesterday's wild weather and unpredictable brownouts. I did manage about thirty minutes of Net access at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. There were actually no other power flake-outs until just after 9:00 P.M., when our block went black.
Fortunately, we had flashlights at the ready. My new UPS battery arrived earlier in the day, and my brother and I installed it by the light of a GE SteelBeam. The UPS has been charging since shortly after power returned around 1:00 A.M.