Power Protection FEATURED ARTICLE


Storms Cut Power to 12,000 Customers

December 02, 2015

By Joe Rizzo - Contributing Writer

The week of Thanksgiving saw several winter storm watches and warnings in many parts of the Plains and Midwest. During the third week of November, Southeast Michigan saw temperatures in the 60 degree range and then temperatures quickly dropped below freezing as the first winter storm swept through. 


Reports of about 12 inches of snow were reported over parts of southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. By the time the storm reached Michigan, it brought over one inch per hour of snow to portions of Southeast Michigan. The state had the highest amount of snowfall with a height of 16.8 inches.

Unfortunately, according to the Detroit Free Press, the storm system that swept through metro Detroit knocked out power to about 12,000 DTE Energy customers. On November 23, some 6,000 customers woke up to find that a substation in Dearborn blew out causing a power outage. This comes on the heels of 6,000 who were similarly affected just two days earlier.

Overall, it was reported that the storms caused about 40,000 outages across the metro Detroit area. The outages were not the only problem, Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross said "numerous crashes" were reported due to the snowfall.

It is not surprising to hear of power outages during severe weather conditions and this storm was no exception. Over a one week period, Michigan suffered over 200 separate outages. When outages occur, especially during a severe snowstorm, there is no telling when the power will be restored. This can play havoc with all the electronic equipment that people have in their homes.

So what can be done to try to save as much information and equipment during situations such as this? Businesses and homes are always affected, meaning that some could have experienced data losses and others will find that their equipment was damaged and is now useless.

During a situation such as this sometimes the only way to stay in touch is through cell phones and tablets. Of course these run on batteries which need to be charged. A simple solution is to have an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).

We live in an age where greater amounts of data are being collected every day, not to mention the fact that everyone needs to be connected all the time. A UPS becomes a valuable tool in not only allowing you to save your data and safely shutting down your equipment, but also for keeping cellphones and tablets powered up so that family and friends can be contacted and people can keep up to date on information concerning the power outage.




Edited by Rory J. Thompson


Article comments powered by Disqus

Power Your campus

Featured Whitepapers

Security & Power: The Critical Role of Power Protection for Security

This White Paper provides security users and installers with valuable information about the importance of power protection for security equipment.

Saving Time & Money with Remote Power Management

This White Paper provides statistics and information about the cost of downtime related to remote equipment, and how organizations can benefit from including remote power management products (IP-addressable PDUs) in their power protection strategy.

Powering Your Disaster Planning

The white paper describes key components of a comprehensive plan to prevent businesses and other organizations from suffering severe consequences as a result of a power outage.

Featured Technotes

What is 3-phase Power?

This installment of the TechNotes series takes you through the basics of single, dual, and 3-phase power, giving you the knowledge to decide which type of power is best for your needs.

Endeavor: Added Runtime vs. Added Cost

This TechNotes paper looks at the relationship between added cost and added runtime when including XL battery packs with Minuteman Endeavor 1kVA, 2kVA, & 3kVA UPSs.

Featured Podcast

The Importance of Remote Power Management for Disaster Preparedness

TMC podcast with Minuteman UPS/Para Systems on the importance of remote power management solutions for optimum power protection.