Weather Damage to Overhead Power Lines

Recent tornadoes, other high winds and snowstorms in North America have caused major power outages and resulted in millions of dollars in damages, repair costs and lost productivity. It is a well-known fact that overhead high voltage transmission and distribution lines are susceptible to numerous inclement weather conditions: tornadoes, hurricanes, other high winds, snow and ice storms, and the normal wear-and-tear and deterioration associated with long-term weather impacts.

Powerful winds on March 12, 2012 left about 110,000 west coast British Columbia customers without power. Power outages prompted school closures throughout Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast (see 1310 News coverage).

The Petoskey News reported widespread power outages in northern Michigan March 2 and 3, 2012, caused by heavy wet snow. 35,000 Consumer Energy customers and close to 18,000 Great Lakes Energy customers were without power.

Tornadoes killed 41 people and affected millions of other people across at least 10 states in the U.S. in late February and early March, 2012. Major power outages resulted from 45 confirmed tornadoes – up to 144 tornadoes were reported (see CNN, KFVS and ect.coop coverage).

A late January 2012 snowstorm left 254,000 Puget Sound Energy customers without power in western Washington (see Reuters article).

These are just a few recent examples of power outages that could have been averted if electricity transmission and distribution lines were buried. See this link for more information on the benefits of burying high voltage power lines.

~ by RETA on March 14, 2012.

 
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