There are many people in the current environment who take power for granted; however, there are still a lot of countries that do not have a reliable source of power. Furthermore, there are some situations where power goes out in the United States. There are a few reasons why this might happen.
One of the most common reasons why power goes out is a severe storm. It is possible that a storm, such as a tornado or a thunderstorm, could take out the power lines, causing power to go out. A lot of snow can also weigh down power lines, causing them to go out. Finally, if states are having a hard time keeping the generators online, they might institute rolling blackouts. This could also be employed if there is a high risk of wildfires.
In 2022, California was the state that saw the most power outages. There were 39 power outages during the year. The total time of all of these outages was about 414 hours.
Another state with a relatively high number of power outages was Texas. With 31 outages lasting approximately 740 hours, Texas is arguably the state most affected by power outages during the year. The next highest state (Louisiana) had only 16 outages during the year but almost matched Texas’s time of outage with 697 hours.
Seven states had no power outages during the same time period. Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wisconsin experienced no major power outages. Additionally, while Utah had one power outage, it took less than an hour to restore power.
Other states with only one power outage include Idaho, Missouri, and North Dakota. Idaho and North Dakota each experienced a power outage duration of about 2 hours, while Missouri’s outage lasted about 71 hours.
If there is a power outage, any appliance that is plugged into the wall and does not have a battery backup is going to stop working. The washer and dryer will not work because they need power to run. If the stove is electric, it will not work either. People also need to make sure that they keep their fridges closed to trap the cool air inside, as the refrigerator cannot work reliably without a source of power.
Garage doors are also electric, so they will not work; however, people are not trapped inside or outside, as most garages have a manual release in the event of an emergency. This can only be opened from the inside. There are some people who decide to use emergency generators that run on gas to keep the power going to the home. Generators come in all shapes and sizes, so homeowners need to customize them to meet their needs. People also need to make sure they are correctly using generators or alternate power sources so they do not cause property damage or health issues like carbon monoxide poisoning.