Late last month, local news officials confirmed that several counties around Cleveland, Ohio had experienced a loss of power at its residences.
A Nov. 8 storm that reportedly caused hundreds to lose access to electricity was also responsible for the toppling of some buildings in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Lake counties. More than 1,500 individuals in those counties found themselves without power, Fox 8 said, and people in Lake County felt the outage for a large part of the day.
The overnight storm produced high winds that knocked out power around 7 a.m. and helped continue that effect until after noon for some residents. In addition to causing trouble for local power companies, high winds were said to have blown over parts of an abandoned factory on Cleveland’s Maywood Ave. and caused a partial building collapse near its intersection of Kinsman St. and East 73rd Street.
Furthermore, a police closed a section of East Ninth Street after glass was thrown to the street from construction equipment hitting the glass panels of a highrise. Fallen trees also caused at least one accident on West 14th Street.
The destruction from the high winds spread across the city and did not discriminate between residences and businesses. It touched man-made and natural features and had the potential to ruin more than just a handful of personal property.
Business in Cleveland may have found their electronic equipment in jeopardy if they did not have power protection from some form of uninterruptable power supply (UPS). The power of the wind in Cleveland’s latest event shows first how equipment such as servers or computers could be damaged by the tactile features of a storm. The construction equipment could have struck computing equipment just as it struck the glass of that highrise.
In addition, Fox 8’s report suggests the power of unseen dangers such as power surges. Outages, though they may seem like harmless blips in an otherwise continuous supply of electricity, can find their start in jolts of power that can damage electrical equipment. If such a surge hits a local server, businesses could lose customer records or client information. It may not even take a surge to cause that type of damage – an improper shutdown of systems can cause data corruption as well.
Businesses should do their best to protect locally-stored data by feeding their sensitive equipment in to surge protectors. Then they can do themselves a service by attaching their whole building to a supplemental power supply. If nothing else, a UPS can give companies time to shut down their servers. At best, it can help employees continue working from local or remote locations when storms would normally force daily activities to stop their motion.