11 Named Storms (and Counting) Make U.S. Landfall
In late October, Hurricane Zeta became the record 11th named storm to make landfall in the U.S. in 2020, with storm Eta poised to potentially be the 12th. This beats the previous record, which was set over 100 years ago in 1916, when 9 storms made U.S. landfall.
Including the 11 storms (and counting) that have made U.S. landfall, there have been a total of 28 storms in the 2020 season, which is also a record high - tied with 2005. Five of 2020's storms were considered major hurricanes (Cat 3+), and in all, the storms caused roughly $32 billion USD in damages and significant widespread power outages.
Any tropical storm or hurricane that nears the U.S. has the potential to leave millions of people without power, sometimes for extended periods of time. And extended power outages can have serious effects on the ability of businesses to power their operations. If there’s one thing we were reminded of this hurricane season, it’s that it is important to plan ahead and have a backup power system in place.
With that in mind, let’s highlight three common types of backup power systems:
New and Used Generators
For many businesses, the most economical and dependable backup power system is a permanently installed standby generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS). With this system, in the event of a power outage the generator will start up automatically and provide power to the facility, building, or business. When the utility power is restored, the generator will automatically shut off. This is a typical permanent solution that when properly maintained, will provide dependable backup power.
Mobile Diesel Generators
Other businesses may prefer to have a mobile diesel generator on hand, so that in the event of a power outage, the generator can be moved to a facility and connected to the building’s pre-wired generator connections. This allows more flexibility when needed and can allow the generator to be allocated between multiple locations and potentially moved out of the path of a major storm.
UPS Backup Systems
Many facilities with sensitive electrical equipment require integrated uninterruptible power systems to provide clean uninterrupted power. Often used in combination with one or multiple standby generators, UPS systems provide power from the moment any power loss occurs, until the backup generator starts and handles the electrical load.
At Global Power Supply, we are experts in providing high-quality emergency backup power systems for businesses nationwide, including diesel generators, natural gas generators, and UPS systems. We offer generator and UPS system rentals for planned or emergency situations, as well as sales of new and used generators and UPS systems from the top manufacturers in the industry.
Contact our experienced sales team with any questions. Plan today for a backup power solution.
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