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2005 Outage News
The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) compiles reports on outages. Click to go to their web site for a list of outages sorted by year.
The following is a list of news summaries of some major power outages and related stories as reported in the media for this time period. The most recent are listed first.
Coastal damage in Alabama and
Mississippi under reported
Duke University performed a Hurricane Katrina Aerial Impact Reconnaissance Assessment on Sept 2nd of the Alabama and Mississippi coast. A total of 331 images covering about 130 miles are available for viewing on the web at http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/psds/katrina.htm and show extensive damage and destruction of property, roads and even bridges. In many cases all that remains of buildings close to the shore line are the slab foundations.
Private communication from M. Curry, November 7, 2005.
Floridians still at risk since
Wilma cut power
MIAMI, Fla. - Still largely power-less, South Florida is confronting new issues: storm-related injuries, jammed emergency rooms and deteriorating conditions for the ill, the frail and the elderly. Scores of frail people have been unable to leave their upper-level apartments since the storm struck because elevators are out of service due to the power outages. People dependent on oxygen are flocking to emergency rooms. Hospitals are reporting injuries from crashes at intersections with non-working traffic signals. Injuries are also being reported due to burns from barbecues and generators. Deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper use of generators are also occurring.
Knight Ridder Newspapers and indystar.com, October 30, 2005.
Many people moving into path of
Specialists in weather and geophysics say too many people are moving to locations worldwide that put them at increased risk for disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. Increased population and the fact that people are moving along the coastlines, onto the slopes, and into river valleys and flood plains puts more people in harm's way. While earthquakes are not on the rise, hurricane activity is. Since 1995 hurricanes have become more frequent and more intense. The US is in the first decade of a natural storm cycle of heavy activity that could last another 15 to 20 years.
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The current cycle's strength is related to the warmth of ocean temperatures and the lack of wind shear.
Nat' Hurricane Center & The Washington Times, October 26, 2005.
Wilma Thrashes Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Wilma knifed through Florida with winds up to 125 mph yesterday, shattering windows, peeling away roofs and knocking out power to 6 million people. More than one-third of the state's residents lost power. Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility, said it could take weeks to restore electricity to everyone.
AP & The Washington Times, October 25, 2005.
Entergy Corp. restoring power in
wake of Hurricane Rita
CLINTON, Miss. - Just under two weeks since Hurricane Rita made landfall , Entergy Corporation announced that it had restored power to over three quarters of the more than 766,000 customers with power outages at the peak of the storm. The Louisiana and Texas service territories of Entergy were hit hardest by Hurricane Rita. Total restoration costs for the repair and/or restoration of electrical facilities damaged by this hurricane are estimated to be in the range of $400 million to $550 million. [Restoration of the remaining one quarter of the customers may take weeks. ed].
PRNewswire-FirstCall, October 5, 2005.
Louisiana's largest utility sent work crews into New Orleans to begin repair work and said power was restored to part of an oil tanker port. In New Orleans and on other parts of the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast, more than a million homes remained without power six days after Hurricane Katrina hit.
The Washington Times, September 5, 2005.
Katrina's power outages make oil shortage worse
The United States yesterday tapped into its emergency oil reserves and eased some fuel-emissions standards to try to avert a predicted spike in gasoline prices in the next few days. The devastation wreaked on the Gulf's oil production and import facilities, combined with the idling of at least eight major refineries and two major pipelines by power outages, already has caused fuel shortages. The damage appears to be unprecedented in scope and could take months or even years to reverse, analysts said. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners said its pipeline delivering gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from Louisiana to Washington remained shut because of a power outage at a pumping station in Mississippi. The company said it is trying to obtain generators to restore minimal service on the line. Supplies to the Midwest, Northeast and other areas are similarly threatened or delayed by power outages, despite the return of a smattering of undamaged Gulf oil facilities to production yesterday.
The Washington Times, September 1, 2005.
Hurricane forecast revised upward
MIAMI, USA - Hurricane forecaster William Gray said yesterday he expects 20 named tropical storms in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, revising his earlier prediction of 15. His new prediction includes 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes with top sustained winds of at least 111 mph. That's more than twice the long-term average. There has already been an unprecedented number of storms this season.
Wire Services, August 6, 2005.
Above-average activity predicted
for 2005 hurricane season
CHICAGO, USA (AFP) - More tropical storms and major hurricanes are predicted for the North Atlantic this year, for a second straight above-normal hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on May 16. The prediction for 2005 "is for 12 to 15 tropical storms, with seven to nine becoming hurricanes, of which three to five could become major hurricanes," said a NOAA administrator. The hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. A "major hurricane" is a category three or above 111 mph winds.
Caribbean Net News, May 18, 2005.
Storm blacks out holiday plans
OHIO - Electric power was lost for thousands of Ohio residents just in time for Christmas. Many woke up Thursday morning to cold temperatures due to an ice storm and blackout. More than half of South Central Power Company's 105,000 customers lost power due to the storm. According to American Electric Power 83,000 of their customers were still without power on Monday morning.
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, December 28, 2004.