Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rare Power Outage

A picture speaks a thousand words. This one was transmitted from one of our on-site security cameras at the Aerospace Center at 2:43am.

The fact the image failed to complete tells me when our power went out.   Yep, 2:43 a.m.

The fuzziness speaks to the high winds.  One report said 102 MPH in the area.  Our on-site weather station captured 55 MPH at 2:20 a.m.

This morning, one of my facility team arrived to find trees blocking entrances and clear paths of damage where winds had gone through. A piece of someone's metal roof was in his truck.

The power was still out too.

The high winds appear to have knocked out 69KV electric poles.  The redundancy from the other direction saw breakers fail.   Thus, the first power outage in, at least, nine years.

The report I just got is that power has been switched from one direction and soon should be restored. It's 7:25am.

Update: It was restored at 7:30 a.m.  Thanks, AEP.

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