Weather events caused most major power outages in the past two decades


Data obtained from Climate Central reveals more details about impacts to Florida. The most common reason for outages is hurricanes, with 43 out of 65 outages in that category. The year with the most outages was 2004, with 20 major outages. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne all impacted Florida that year. The longest outage catalogued was in 2005 after Hurricane Wilma, lasting 17 days.

There are multiple risks to public health and safety following power outages. A lack of indoor climate control can be dangerous if accompanied by extreme heat or cold. Extended outages without refrigeration can threaten people’s food supply. Those who rely on electricity for medical devices can be especially vulnerable. Large-scale outages can also affect other utilities, such as limiting the public’s access to clean water if they haven’t stored any themselves.

Families may choose to prepare for outages by purchasing generators but can be at risk if they don’t use it correctly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 85 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators should never be used indoors or in an enclosed space, such as a garage. Open windows or doors may not be enough to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, so generators should always be operated outdoors away from doors, windows and vents.


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