Grid is Under-Prepared for an Above Average Hurricane Season

Grid is Under-Prepared for an Above Average Hurricane Season
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hurricane irma path predictions NOAA Track Dated Sept. 7, 2017

 

We can all see the effects of Hurricanes on critical infrastructure and it is not limited to the following, but these power requirements have become news events this season:

  • Food Storage -> Refrigeration
  • Water Authorities -> Safe Drinking Water
  • Refineries -> Oil Production
  • Chemical Plants -> Hazardous Materials
  • Large Pumps Stations -> Flooding
  • Retirement Communities -> Medical Evacuations
  • Evacuation Centers -> Reliable Megawatts of Power

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the Atlantic to Gulf of Mexico there is on average 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes, each year from June to November 30. The hazards are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rain, destructive winds, tornadoes, high surf and rip currents.

In August of this year, a survey of 150 energy providers in the U.S. provided a glimpse into state of preparation for severe weather. "93% report the impact of severe weather on operational decisions. Due to a lack of solutions in market and the lack of resources to manage and build their own; utilities say they have struggled to add a prediction model to their storm preparation toolbox. As a result, many utilities are forced to be reactive rather than proactive in their storm preparation activities."

At Global Power Supply, we have a track record of recommending a proactive power preparedness plan earlier each year. Here are some of our past articles.

From the entire GPS team, we offer everyone in the path of the storms our thoughts and prayers. Here are some web resources for further information and we encourage everyone who can to donate to the American Red Cross.

Storm Tracking at NOAA
FEMA Floods Risk
Red Cross Find a Shelter
Red Cross Donate
Ready.gov Hurricanes
National Weather Service Hurricane Tips
National Hurricane Center

 

 

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