Thursday, March 08, 2012

030812.7--Message for Today: Power outages

There shall be massive power outages.  I think it's a good idea to store candles in case power black-outs arise.


Anonymous said...

2 July 2012 Last updated at 15:16 ET

US storm-hit millions swelter in heatwave

At least two million people remain without power in the eastern US following storms that have been blamed for 22 deaths since Friday.
Amid an ongoing heatwave, utilities warn it could take several more days to restore electricity to many households.

Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and the District of Columbia declared states of emergency over the weekend.

Power outages persisted on Monday from North Carolina to New Jersey, and as far west as Illinois.

With temperatures nudging 100F (38C), many householders have no functioning air conditioning or refrigerators.

Officials are urging residents to check up on elderly or sick neighbours.

Bob Ambrosini, who had no power at his home in the US capital's suburb of Great Falls, told the Washington Post: "I've been living in the swimming pool."

Melissa Kitner-Triolo told the Baltimore Sun the storm was "pretty terrifying".

"I think it was one of the worst storms we had, as far as how quickly it came up," she said.
Heat advisories are in effect for parts of 17 states and all-time highs were expected again on Monday from St Louis, Missouri to Washington DC.

Forecasters say there is no relief in sight: "Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the plains to the Atlantic Coast for the next few days," the National Weather Service said.

The city of Athens, Georgia reached an all-time high of 108F (42C) on Sunday.

The Monday morning commute was less busy than usual around the metropolitan Washington DC area as federal and state agencies allowed non-emergency workers to take leave or work from home.

But hundreds of traffic lights were still not working in Maryland because of power outages.

The damage was mostly blamed on a meteorological phenomenon known as a derecho, where hurricane-force winds are buffeted ahead of fast-moving thunderstorms.

It swept a 500-mile (800-km) swathe of the mid-Atlantic region on Friday night.

Another storm on Sunday brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph (145 km/h) and knocked out power to more than 200,000 people in north-eastern Illinois. Half of those remained without power on Monday.
Trees falling on homes and cars have been blamed for most of the extreme weather-related deaths.
Among the six people killed in Virginia was a 90-year-old woman who was asleep in bed when a tree fell on her home.

Two young cousins camping in New Jersey died when a tree collapsed on their tent. Two others died in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in Kentucky and another in Washington DC.

In other fatalities:

Coast Guard have abandoned the search for a man who vanished early on Saturday while boating during a storm off Maryland

A 77-year-old man died on Sunday night in Pitt County, North Carolina when a barn collapsed where he was parking a vehicle amid high winds

A tree killed a couple when it hit their golf cart in Beaufort County, North Carolina

Emergency dispatchers were unable to take 911 calls in parts of Virginia during the storm. A phone company spokesman told CBS News that the storm had affected power to the call-routing facility.
Utility workers have been drafted in from as far away as Florida and Oklahoma to help turn the power back on.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said he would ensure utility companies restored electricity quickly.

"No-one will have his boot further up Pepco's and BGE's backsides than I will," he said on Sunday afternoon, referring to the two main power firms serving the state.
The storm damage also caused online disruption, with Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest services temporarily disabled.

Anonymous said...

31 July 2012 Last updated at 11:35 ET

Hundreds of millions without power in India

Hundreds of millions of people have been left without electricity in northern and eastern India after a massive power breakdown.

More than half the country was hit by the power cuts after three grids collapsed - one for a second day.

Hundreds of trains have come to a standstill and hospitals are running on backup generators.

The country's power minister has blamed the crisis on states drawing too much power from the national grid.

The breakdowns in the northern, eastern, and north-eastern grids mean around 600m people have been affected in 20 of India's states.

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In a statement on national TV on Tuesday evening, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said he had appealed to states to stop trying to take more than their quota of power.

"I have also instructed my officials to penalise the states which overdraw from the grid," he said.

Media reports in India have suggested that Uttar Pradesh is among the states that government officials have been blaming for the grid collapse.

But officials in the state denied this, saying there was "no reason to believe that any power operations in Uttar Pradesh triggered it".

Anil K Gupta, the chairman of the state's power company, called for "further investigation to ascertain the real cause".