Winter Power Outages Creating Havoc Across The U.S.
Winter Power Outages Creating Havoc Across The U.S. by: Off The Grid Editor – Off the Grid News
Winter power outages are more common and more destructive than many folks believe. In fact, the economic impact of winter power outages is staggering.
Many of us have been witnessing the ice-induced carnage over the last few days. Winter storm Harper and now winter storm “Indra” have downed countless trees and power lines, causing mass blackouts across the country. Notably, over 13,000 people in Ohio didn’t have power throughout most of this past weekend. Also, there were still 11,000 families in Connecticut and 23,000 more in Pennsylvania without electricity as of Monday morning, The Weather Channel reports.
As ice and wet snow build up on America’s aging power lines, the result is anything from short term inconvenience outages to longer-term outages that can be frustrating and even life-threatening. Meanwhile, icy roads also contribute to utility poles being hit by cars and trucks which adds to the mess.
Interestingly, the power grid in Connecticut ( like many others) has become increasingly unreliable, so much so that officials are now stepping up safety warnings about gas and diesel generators because so many are using them. In particular, Eversource, an electric utility, warns customers not to run diesel generators indoors. First, everyone should know this, but it’s true that exhaust fumes from gas and diesel engines and generators can be deadly and, typically, victims don’t realize this until it’s too late.
Winter Power Outages May Threaten Your Family
On the whole, winter power outages have made the electric grid highly unstable in states like Connecticut, which is one of America’s most urbanized states.
However, winter power outages are disrupting daily life far beyond Connecticut. For instance, 39,000 customers were without electricity in the Kansas City area last week, The Kansas City Star reports.