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by:Mings     2020-06-01
A recent power failure in New York disrupted one of the largest commuter railways in the country. Passengers were delayed and the area was wrought with congestion. Transportation officials stated that the disruption would continue to cause delays for weeks. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy affirmed that repairs could take as long as three weeks and called for a refund plan from service provides to compensate affected commuters. Amtrak, a national carrier was heavily impacted as power was disrupted to an 8 mile stretch of track. They offered refunds or vouchers for passengers who had been inconvenienced by the interruption in service. Partial service was expected to be restored by alternative energy sources. A NY electricity company was expected to install three additional transformers that would supply the failed line with 13,000 volts. Causes of Power Failure The major cause of electrical energy failures is weather. In the United States, 70% of all power outages are a result of natural causes. Lightening, rain, snow, ice, wind or dust can disrupt power flow and can result in outages. Another cause is when animals come into contact with electrical wires and equipment. Large birds and other animals account for 11% of energy outages. Other causes include construction accidents or vehicle accidents. Power failures can affect many businesses, including transit companies. In February 2013, a nor'easter with hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy snow caused 650,000 businesses and homes to lose power. Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, not only caused unbelievable damage due to floods, but also resulted in millions of homes in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire to lose power due to downed electricity lines. Businesses without energy, such as grocery stores and delis, lost any perishable items they had in stock. They lost potential business and a good amount of money as a result of the storm. People couldn't get to work and many couldn't work from home either due to lack of power. A lot of electricity providers around on the east coast are now implementing costly upgrades to try and prevent issues that can interfere with the power supply.
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