Sometimes power outages are quick and painless; they’re nothing but hiccups that interrupt your day for a half an hour or so. Other times, however, they can be catastrophic, lasting even days at a time. That’s the case in Michigan this week thanks to a big wind storm that occurred on Wednesday, and the situation is so bad that even other states are chipping in to help the unfortunate people affected.
The wind storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of customers on Wednesday and, according to a report from DTE Energy today, more than 660,000 customers are still without power. In total, 800,000 people experienced power outages due to extensive tree damage and more than 4,000 downed power lines. According to the utility company, winds took down 7,900 wires and broke more than 1,000 poles. To make matters worse, because of the storm’s duration and statewide impact, some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday.
Luckily for those in the area, other states are stepping in to lend a helping hand during this scary time. “From line workers to damage assessors, wire guards and customer service representatives, more than 2,200 people are engaged in the storm restoration effort,” Consumers Energy said in an update. “An additional 181 crews are arriving from utilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana; 40 of the crews are already on the ground to assist the crews in Michigan.”
With colder weather moving in, it’s essential that power gets up and running as soon as possible. The state is working on setting up warming centers for those still without power, but the goal is to have everyone back home with the heat on as soon as possible.
When we think of a storm like this, we tend to think of the poor people who are displaced due to the circumstances. However, big storms like this are also catastrophic for businesses. For companies located in the worst areas that may not have power again until Saturday, that’s five full days of no power and, therefore, no revenue. Five days is a long time to go without any business operations. Sales, either online or in person, can’t be done, data may have been lost if computers weren’t shut down in time, and the employees can’t even interact with customers online to let them know what’s going on.
Five days of downtime is a major problem, but getting back up and running may prove to be even more difficult. The companies will undoubtedly be scrambling and playing catch-up when the power does come back on, and that’s never fun for anyone.
These issues all make it clear that uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) are the way to go. Even if they don’t hold up during the entire five day stretch, they’ll at least ensure that all computers are shut down correctly so that no extra damage is done. And if they allow a business to run a bit longer during a storm, then that’s even better. No matter what they’re used for, the fact remains that no harm can come from having them in place; companies can only benefit from investing in UPS. If they choose not to, well, then a mess like the one in Michigan is sure to ensue.
The people in Michigan are lucky to be receiving a helping hand from the surrounding states. Why not turn to UPS to be your own helping hand in case of a power outage?