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Hurricane Michael Could Leave Residents Without Power For Months

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On the brink of reaching Category 5 strength, Hurricane Michael could destroy much of power grid located on the Florida Panhandle, leaving residents without electricity for weeks — or even months.

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If you are like me, you probably wonder where all the talk of "months" to restore power comes from.  That seems like a crazy long time.

 

I had the chance to chat with someone that designs power grids (one of the percs of being in commercial land development) and he explained it to me.  If all the telephone poles and overhead wires in a region were completely blown away.  Nothing left of any of them.  The power crews could come in and "string extension cords" ... the term they use for all of those lines that bring power to your home ... in hours to days or a few weeks depending on how far you are from one of those big, ugly power substations.  Even those transformers that you see everywhere (cans on poles and boxes on concrete slabs) are standard and could be quickly replaced. 

 

Where things get tricky is power leaves a generation plant at crazy high voltages and amperage and needs to go to a local substation to be converted to something usable by homes and business.  Those are those ugly collections of towers and boxes surrounded by a fence that says "DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE".  Each substation is unique.  Designed for local power demand and made from parts that are custom made for the application.  There are no spare substations sitting around that can be dropped in to replace a lost one.  If a hurricane destroys a substation, then a new substation needs to be designed, fabricated to specifications and assembled on the site with a new structural framework.  That can take months, and if you need a LOT of them, it can take years to get around to replacing all of them.

 

Puerto Rico lost a lot of substations to a Cat 4-5 Hurricane.  The Florida Panhandle is facing landfall of a Cat 4-5 Hurricane.

 

Now you know.

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