U.S. electrical grid system suffers ‘catastrophic damage’ from storms

July 2, 2012WASHINGTON - Relentless heat was forecast for much of the eastern United States for a fourth straight day on Monday, with about 2.2 million customers without power after violent storms and soaring temperatures killed at least 15 people. Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of the United States sweltered in a record-breaking heat wave. “Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the plains to the Atlantic Coast for the next few days,” the National Weather Service said. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington because of damage from a rare “super derecho” storm packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-mile (1,100 kilometre) stretch from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean. About 2.2 million homes and businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still without power Monday morning, with the biggest concentration of outages in the Washington area. With power lines down across the region, the U.S. government told federal workers in the Washington area they could take unscheduled leave or work from home. Many schools and local governments also canceled programs or were closed because of outages. The storms came amid a record-setting heat wave that has seen temperatures top 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in several southern cities. In Atlanta, the mercury hit an all-time record of 106 degrees (41 C) on Saturday and reached 105 on Sunday. From St. Louis to Washington, temperatures were forecast to hit more records on Monday. Thunderstorms and high winds battered eastern North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, causing three more deaths on top of at least 12 caused by the deadly storms and heat in several states on Saturday. Powerful storms that brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph on Sunday knocked out power to more than 200,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in northeastern Illinois. “Friend and coauthor Bill Forstchen notes Washington-Baltimore blackout is a  mild taste of what an EMP(electromagnetic pulse) attack would do,” tweeted former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. About 100,000 remained without power on Monday, the utility said. Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic. FirstEnergy utilities in states from Ohio to New Jersey had about 314,000 customers without power. The company said it expected to restore electricity to its Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania customers by Tuesday and Wednesday, but it could be late in the week before power was restored to all its customers in West Virginia. –Yahoo News
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19 Responses to U.S. electrical grid system suffers ‘catastrophic damage’ from storms

  1. John says:

    The increase in heat could actually cause a 2nd derecho wind storm to start up again. I’m going to the bank and withdraw some money to buy more preps. I can read the writing on the wall. Something is going to bust, either Fukashima, CME, super storms, canary islands, economic collapse, Iran, or something. This is the time to get our preps in order.

  2. David says:

    Just wondering how all the electric powered cars are doing while the power is out? Not good I suppose. Also, how would a wind farm stand up to 90MPH winds? I suppose those would devastated more than the power lines and poles.

  3. Dave H. says:

    In no way do I make light of what these people are going through. Nearly my entire family are in the midst of it all. But, unless they are connected to TEP and know the potential for the El Hierro eruption and subsequent mega tsunami, this catastrophy will be the least of their worries. I wonder why the mainstream media hasn’t covered any of it.

    • Lindygee says:

      I have wondered that myself. I can’t decide if it is a deliberate omission or that they seriously believe people are more interested in Tom and Katie. If it wasnt for TEP, I surely wouldn’t have a clue.

      • Irene C says:

        So, what are Tom and Katie up to now? (just kidding.) Actually there are several reasons, in my opinion, on why it’s not covered in the media. 1) This gives the elite time to be ready to take control and to “save” the masses,. 2) They don’t want to cause mass panic where people will buy everything off the shelves and clear out their bank accounts thus preventing an economic collapse (although that is already happening). 3) They believe that we are just conspiracy theorists and just plain nut cases. (In my opinion, reason #3 is probably most prevalent.)

        Okay, gotta go. This tin-foil hat is getting rather hot in this heat.

  4. Rob says:

    They aren’t commenting on it, in my opinion, because A)They don’t want to move their focus off of their fairy tales about all the “bad stuff” Syria & Iran have done, are doing, might do in the future or may think about doing & B)They don’t want to panic people & have people end up dying in 10′s, if not hundreds of miles of backed up or completely gridlocked trafic. This whole thing looks to “neat” to me. Fishy fires to the West, strange sounds & increased quake activity on the West Coast & the threat to the ENTIRE Eastern Coasts of the America’s…….. I keep going back to the perfect lines of quakes on/around El Hierro……

  5. michelle says:

    Here in Ohio we are going on day 4 without power, and it will be another 5 days until it is restored. We had another quick and violent storm across the state last night with wind gusts to 75 mph, knocking out power which had just been restored.

    • That’s crazy, Michelle. I’m so sorry for the adversity around you. Please take care and stay in touch to let us know how you are doing.

      God bless and keep you,
      Alvin

    • Irene C says:

      Glad to hear you are okay. I’m in Ohio also but our city was spared the brunt of the storm, although just south of us was hit really hard.

  6. Patrik Merl says:

    I am just wondering, is it really the storm that caused the grid damage or it could be the first affects of the solar flares, and us blaming the storms? Or maybe the storm and heat itself is the result of solar flares? Just thinking, whats your thoughts on that?

    • o

      “America’s electrical network weaves through more than 211,000 miles (340,000 km) of high-voltage power lines that are literally knitted together by an aging hodgepodge of substations and transformers that have the tendency to blow if they are barely spooked by the sight of a lightning bolt.” -The Extinction Protocol, page 259

      • Texas Listening Post, Tony says:

        I have spent 30 years in the protection and maintenance of transmission and distribution equipment, transformers are the weak link in the power system at any voltage level. The insulation system is composed of oil and paper products in a state of aging from day one. One never knows when a lighting surge will destroy a transformer even with lighting protection equipment. Large power transformers take a long time from ordering to receiving, in the order of two years. If some solar storm or EMP weapon is used then the transformer factories might have their transformers destroyed. My last evolvement with transformers, no large power transformers were made in the US. The company I worked for brought transformers from Israel. Great internal security for the US!!!

        Thanks Alvin for the site.

        Tony

      • It’s a nightmare. China even buys refurbished transformers from the U.S. The downtime, if the entire U.S. grid was neutralized by an event – could be 3 to 5 years, if not longer some experts warn.

        We live in perilous time, friend. Thanks

        Alvin

      • jehjeh007 says:

        I believe we arrived at this situation because of what some call “good business ROI” in maxing the returns to profits so as to please the funding and stock investors. Reinvestment into the existing infrastructure too often is regarded as a weakness. Instead, it is “smarter” to save enough money, spool it to the top and buy the competitor while letting the existing structure rot and then repatch only if there is an emergency. When the emergency occurs (they always do), the reality reveals is no one was prepared, thus what could have been a “small” emergency becomes a huge one. Example, as consumers we actually pay the electric companies to cut these trees back as mandated. But try to call them to do their jobs and you will get the dismissed and stonewalled with no government support you to make them to do the right thing (smaller government). And the media is well aware of this and offers no solution or voice to this wrong. If you try to do this yourself, you will be turned in by your neighbor and fined by the city or company though I do agree it is a really dangerous thing to do. It is like a snake consuming itself by the tail. No win, win. People die needlessly from this. America was better than that when we had a sense of nationalism.

      • The human model for civilization is flawed. I will be talking more about that in the near future…

  7. Gladiator says:

    Why isn’t the media covering the “threat” from El Hierro? Because there is no threat to the east coast from that island. The threat of catastrophic flank collapse is with the island of La Palma and the Cumbre Vieja volcano, not El Hierro. Everything you have ever seen about this tsunami threat on the internet has to do with La Palma. Kapish?

  8. Herkimer Diamond says:

    We went through something similar back in November 2011 in New England with a major ice storm that took down many trees and power lines. We were without power for nine days. I am so glad we had lots of camping equipment. We were the only ones in our entire neighborhood that could make coffee and hot meals. After that storm we decided to prep for the next disaster. We cleared many acres of land and planted many types of fruit trees, berry shrubs, wheat, soy bean, rye and just about every type of vegetable. Our house is now able to be powered completely off the grid with a slow turn diesel generator. The most frustrating thing about the storm was the local radio station only played music and talked about sports. I think this country is asleep at the switch!

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