Common Outage Causes

Power outages happen for numerous reasons, during any season and weather type. 

Severe Weather is Tough on Electrical Systems

We prepare year-round to help get your power back on as safely and quickly as possible after a severe weather event. Here are some of the reasons severe weather can cause outages:
  • Freezing Rain

    Ice accumulates and covers power lines causing them to sag and break. (Never attempt to shake ice off lines–they're energized and highly dangerous.)
  • High Winds

    High winds can cause tree branches and limbs to make contact with power lines. 
  • Poor Driving Conditions

    When roads get wet or slick, it creates dangerous driving conditions. Resulting accidents can damage electrical equipment, such as poles. 

Weather Accounts for Most Power Outages

More than 70% of power outages are weather-related, including storms, high winds, lightning and ice. But they aren't the only causes; outages can happen at any time of the year. Animals gnawing into and making contact with wires, car accidents and human error can also cause outages. Damage from weakened trees can result in a loss of power weeks after a severe-weather event. Occasionally, shorter outage periods are necessary to accommodate installation efforts for other providers, including high-speed internet.  

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