This story is about a generator, but it’s brought to you by the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali. It’s been four days since Hurricane Florence knocked out the power here in North Carolina, and Verizon seems to be limiting mobile connections to calls and texts. So the GMC’s 4G LTE hotspot has been my primary source of Internet. The truck, along with my trusty Stihl chainsaw, came in handy for removing a tree that was blocking a neighbor’s driveway. But the real MVP of the last few days—and the reason I didn’t climb in that truck and head for someplace more hospitable, like Miami—is the VIP item I bought just last week: Honda’s EU2200i generator, a 47-pound tether to civilization. I’d never owned a generator before. Whenever the power goes out, I always wished I had one. But then the power would come back on and I’d forget about it until the next storm bears down. Here’s some advice: go buy a generator on a cloudless day in June. Then when the storm comes, you’ll be free to spend five hours at the grocery store waiting in line behind people who’ve suddenly discovered that they need a metric ton of Pepperidge Farm whole-grain honey wheat. I’m currently on day four of...