Utilities Expect Massive Outages, High Repair Costs from Florence

Utilities Expect Massive Outages, High Repair Costs from Florence

S&P Global Platts

As Hurricane Florence approached the Atlantic Seaboard and a tropical disturbance looked increasingly likely to become a cyclone threatening the US Gulf Coast, power companies shifted thousands of workers toward likely trouble areas, and industry observers pondered a future with grids fighting disasters on multiple fronts.

Duke Energy meteorologists on Wednesday said power outages from Hurricane Florence could range between 1 million and 3 million customers.

“The magnitude of the storm is beyond what we have seen in years,” said Howard Fowler, Duke Energy’s incident commander. “With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days…”(Read the full story)

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