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2010 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 major power outages and related
stories as reported in the media for this time period. The most recent are listed
- Hurricane forecast above average for 2010
FORT COLLINS, CO — Colorado State University
has issued and revised upwards their annual hurricane forecast. And they
are predicting that 2010 will be above average. "Information obtained through May 2010 indicates that the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will be much more active than the average 1950-2000 season. We estimate that 2010 will have about 10 hurricanes (average is 5.9), 18 named storms (average is 9.6), 90 named storm days (average is 49.1), 40 hurricane days (average is 24.5), 5 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.3) and 13 major hurricane days (average is 5.0). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall and Caribbean major hurricane activity is estimated to be well above its long-period average. We expect Atlantic basin Net Tropical Cyclone
(NTC) activity in 2010 to be approximately 195 percent of the long-term average."
- Northeast struggles after storms
CONCORD, NH — Frustration turned to resignation
yesterday for hundreds of thousands of people in the Northeast struggling to
survive another day waiting for utility crews to restore electricity. Parts of
New York got more than 2 feet of snow, while some areas of coastal New England
were drenched with flooding rains. The highest wind reported from the storm was
91 mph off Portsmouth, NH. Gusts also hit 60 mph or more from the
mountains of West Virginia to New York's Long Island and Massachusetts. More
than 1 million customers across the Northeast lost power because of the storm,
and as of yesterday afternoon more than half of them were still without
electricity. Some residents were warned they'll be without electricity for up to
a week, as uprooted trees and fallen utility poles hindered utility crews.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 28, 2010.