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Be Prepared - Elsa Sets a Record

Following the fireworks of July 4th the Southeast prepares to look at the sky some more, but for Elsa, the hurricane and tropical storm. Elsa may pre-sage things to come and prepare for. Elsa set records already. “Climatologically,…

An Earlier (Official) Start to the Hurricane Season?

Perhaps bowing to the inevitable after the past six hurricane seasons, the National Hurricane Center says it may officially change the start of the hurricane season. The NHC will start issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks starting May 15 this year.…

A Record-setting Storm Season Tests Power Reliability

2020 was a record storm season that has utilities planning for next season. Electric utilities must get their systems as toughened-up as possible and be ready to restore power after a storm. Utilities are looking at 2021 and beyond. Some utilities…

Be Alert to Changes in Hurricanes

“Time for the most active part of hurricane season,” said Jacksonville’s WJXT meteorologist Mark Collins. “The season is about to go into overdrive,” he added, “75% of all tropical activity typically occurs after Aug. 28.” That…

Quick Take – Storm Season is Early, Again

Seems eerily familiar, doesn’t it? A tropical storm forms in the Atlantic Ocean before the official start of hurricane season, June 1. The feature image is from NOAA late Sunday afternoon. Say hello to Arthur, the storm. ECC writes…

Quick Take – 2020 Hurricane Forecast Released

Expect 14-18 tropical storms during this upcoming season, seven to nine are expected hurricanes, and two to four are expected to be major hurricanes. Hurricane season if officially June 1 to November 30. “It’s going to be an above-normal…

Quick Take - Odd Power Outage Anniversary for NYC

NYC had a blackout this weekend - 42 years to the day of the 1977 great blackout. An "equipment failure at one of its [ConEd] substations,” was the cause, said the utility. (Source) The ConEd website said, "...a significant electrical transmission…

QUICK TAKE - Personal Preparation is Important for Hurricane Season

Electric service outages happen oftentimes because of bad weather. Carolinians have heard a lot about power outages because of hurricanes. That’s because there can be a significant number of outages when violent weather happens. Usually lightning,…

QUICK TAKE - Hurricane Forecasts for 2019

Weather forecasters call for an average hurricane season in 2019. It only takes being in the path of a hurricane to make it not average, though. ECC is an energy site, so why mention hurricanes and storms? Because storms have a big impact…

Bury Our Electric Lines? Easy Question, Complicated Answer

“Why can’t we just bury the wires?” When it comes to our electric system it is a simple question with no simple answer. Energy Consumers of the Carolinas looks at some of the issues about undergrounding electric lines. This is a question…