Blackout tracker tells you where the electric grid is down

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8 Responses to “Blackout tracker tells you where the electric grid is down”

  1. Mark Dow says:

    Cats cause more than keyboard failure, earthquakes and internet tube hairballs:

    “A frightened cat was responsible for a power outage: A car crashed into a utility pole, and the driver reported that her cat jumped on the floor on the driver’s side, causing her to lose control of the car.”

    “Frightened” my ass; the driver might have been frightened but the cat was aiming.

  2. BonzoDog1 says:

    Every air conditioner should come with a photovoltaic array.

  3. Boundegar says:

    Another flaw: the Blackout Tracker does not work in a blackout.

  4. saurabh says:

    I just realized that I read this blog almost entirely because of Maggie.

  5. Utility companies often keep real-time maps of where the power is out, and sometimes they let you see it not just at a county-by-county level but all the way down to the individual outage.

    I’ve collected a batch of these over the last year or so

    http://vielmetti.typepad.com/vacuum/2011/06/power-outage-maps.html

    with maps of some kind for utilities in 45 of 50 states.

  6. Kurt Towsley says:

    This thing isn’t working in Indiana.  We’ve got something like half the eastern side of the state without power since yesterday, with estimates of repair times stretching to next Wednesday, and it’s not there at all.

    Source (besides the fact that I live here): http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/local/im-trying-to-restore-power-to-thousands

  7. Pibi Gibi says:

    Definitely not the level of detail that anyone would find useful in this.  For the entire DC/MD/VA region, which still has over 500k people out, it’s showing very little info.

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