Biggest Power Outages in US History A Presentation of Current Solutions PC
Call it a power outage, power cut, power blackout, power failure or a just blackout, nothing effects life more than an electrical power outage in 21st century.
Some of the leading causes of an electrical outage include fault in power stations, damage to power distribution system, short circuit, or overloading.
Here is a list of some notable power outages in the history of United States.
On November the 9th, 1965 blackout that left 30 million people of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania without electricity for more than 13 hours. This blackout is also known as the “Northeast blackout of 1965” which was a result of Human error. The blackout also affected some parts of Ontario, Canada.
On August the 5th,1969 the state of Florida blacked out and stopped the people of Florida from everything of their daily life routine for more than 2 - 8 hours and resulted as one of the busiest traffic jams in the history of Florida.
The state of Florida went dark again on 17th of May 1985 for more than 3.5 hours. The power cut was a result of a fire in transmission lines. The blackout affected approximately 4.5 million people.
On October 17th, 1.4 million people in Northern California faced massive power outage after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 that damaged almost all the electrical substations.
Washington and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho probably faced the biggest and longest power outage in the history of United States. On November 19th, 1996, an ice storm knocked the power out of the regions for up to 14 days.
For more than 8 hours, around 945,000 people of San Francisco, California faced an enormous and long power cut on December 8th, 1998. Millions of dollars of economic loss were also faced as a result of this outage.
For 12 long months, the whole state of California faced regular power outages affecting approximately 33 million people. The power failures were a result of energy shortages. That dark period is also known as “California electricity crisis of 2000-01.
On 30th April, 2002, 355,000 people of Jacksonville, Florida had no electricity for hours and for almost a day for some customers. The reason of this outage is still unclear, but a spokesman of JEA (Jacksonville Electric Authority) attributed this with a lightening protection device malfunction.
This one is by far the biggest power outage in the history of United States affecting around 55 million people. It was August 14th, 2003 when the electricity of the whole northeastern USA was knocked out for more than 7 hours. In some places, it took almost 48 hours to fully restore the power. This power outage is also called the “Northeast blackout of 2003”.
The 2005 Hurricane Katrina knocked the power out of more than 1.3 million people of Florida. The Hurricane not only affected the state of Florida, but it also caused power outages in others states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Approximately 4 million people in Florida faced a blackout on February 26th, 2008 when a fire at an electrical substation in Miami forced the whole electrical infrastructure to shut down.
2 million people of Greater Houston area faced a power outage when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston on September 8th, 2008. The blackout lasted for up to 6 - 16 days.
More than a 3.8 million people across the states of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky, Metropolitan Washington, DC, and a couple of other states faced a power outage caused by a thunderstorm. Starting from June 29th, 2012, the blackout lasted for more than 24 hours at some places.
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