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Hurricane Nate Takes Out Power to 60K in Southeast
October 25, 2017 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
In early October Category 1 Hurricane Nate made landfall twice in the Gulf Coast and left more than 100,000 residents in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida in the dark at one point Sunday afternoon, according to a report from the Department of Energy.
Nate has since been downgraded to a Tropical Depression, and the Weather Channel reports roughly 60,000 residents of the affected states are still without power.
The damage from Nate isn't as widespread and devastating as its predecessors, Harvey, Maria and Irma, but it highlights the ongoing conversations within the power sector over grid resilience in the face of severe storms.
Meanwhile, power restoration efforts for U.S. territory Puerto Rico are slow after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island nearly a month ago and virtually obliterated its grid . As of Sunday, only 11.7% of customers had power. But major power plays, such as Tesla and Sonnen, are pledging to send battery packs and build microgrids to alleviate some of the damage.
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This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about backup power and generators, and how to keep standby generators working.