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FutureStarrLos Angeles blackout
Los Angeles, CA has just finished with a drawn out power outage and challenge. From when the power went out on Thursday and ended Friday morning, it was a long and expensive trip, but what many people haven’t been considering is the long-term economic impact of the blackout on the city.The citywide outage was the first since 1965. While the outage was exaggerated to 2 million customers and followed the record-setting peak energy demand of Friday, it caused an estimated $500 million in damage to the electrical grid service. The blackout wasn’t caused by Mother Nature, but
If you use your car to charge your phone or other electronics, make sure you aren’t doing it in a closed garage and risking carbon monoxide poisoning. A safer option is to buy a hand-crank radio for your emergency kit that also lets you charge phones and other devices. Speaking of carbon monoxide risk, another big don’t: Do not run a generator inside. Do not use a grill or propane stove or heater inside. Do not light a fire indoors.
On August 24, Hurricane Andrew made landfall on Elliott Key. As it passed over the northern Florida Keys it downed 17 miles (27 km) of power lines, breaking the wooden poles they were strung on, along a path that was in four feet (122 cm) of water, stretching from the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant southward to the upper Keys. The shallow depth prevented the use of large construction barge cranes for rebuilding the power pylons but the water was too deep for land-based construction vehicles. As a result, the Upper and Middle Keys were largely without power for several months as the Middle Keys Electric Co-op only had generating capacity for 10% of its demand. The power lines heading north to Miami were restored much more quickly, as they were strung along the side of US Highway 1 on dry land. Key West power was in the process of decommissioning an end-of-life oil-fired plant and was able to restore 75% generating capacity for the lower keys in one day as there was no storm damage that far south. Key West power was in the process of converting to sourcing 100% of its electricity from the Turkey Point facility. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)