Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Northeast blackout of 2003, the largest power outage in North American history.
According to a new report released by the Department of Energy this month [PDF], there were 679 widespread (affecting at least 50,000 people) power outages due to severe weather between 2003 and 2012.
And yet, despite a burst of construction of transmission lines in the past five years, the grid is aging faster than we can rebuild it.
Particularly where extreme weather adaptations are concerned, power companies have (evidently) failed to keep up. When the power goes out next time, your city may be ready, even if your energy company wasn’t.
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Without a doubt, millions of businesses were either directly or indirectly affected by this unprecedented storm. Many businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy will be told flood was the cause of the power outage at the utility and because flood is an excluded peril, there is no coverage under the Service Interruption endorsement.
As founder and president of Merlin Law Group, Chip Merlin has dedicated his practice to the representation and advocacy of insurance policyholders in disputes with insurance companies nationwide. Merlin Law Group offers legal services related to insurance litigation, property loss, hurricane damage, bad faith, denied claims and coverage disputes.
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The Twins played under the Metrodome roof for close to three decades and there are bound to be a few mishaps along the way.
A power outage also fits into the history of the Twins in their time under the roof of a domed stadium.

The Yankees would get out to a 3-0 first inning lead after some ineffective pitching from Bill Krueger with two outs in the frame. Minnesota would mount a small comeback in the bottom of the second inning to cut the lead in half. The power outage would come in the next inning and it didn't seem to have too much of an impact on the game.
We salvaged a tub of ice cream on the roof, hitched a ride home with strangers, directed traffic at a darkened intersection, and so on.
More than 12 hours after the biggest North American power outage in history left huge swaths of the Northeast in sweltering darkness, much of New York and its suburbs were still without electricity. For those in the affected area, recollections have been supplanted by disaster stories of Superstorm Sandy, and then some. The cost of these incidents has been calculated to be anywhere between $18 and $70 billion per year.
The National Energy Policy Act, passed in 2005, has successfully compartmentalized grid malfunctions. We haven’t approached the rates of line construction that characterized the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Even if another enormous regional blackout is unlikely, low-lying transformers and aerial power lines leave grid-dependent population centers vulnerable. Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike have inspired coastal cities to revise disaster preparations. In fact, the lights were out for weeks and the businesses that were at the top of the list - now have to make a brand new start of it. Depending on the type policy in force at the time of the storm, many businesses should be able to recover for lost profits caused by the power outages even if the storm did not cause physical loss or damage at the insured property, if the policy includes a Service Interruption endorsement. But states like New Jersey, Maryland, Arizona, and North Carolina, have broadly interpreted these endorsements consistently in favor of the policyholder. Mesh Café,1 the utility company sustained damages due to hurricane flooding and many businesses were left in the dark. Businesses should not accept this outcome without first consulting with a property insurance attorney that understands the framework under which these claims get paid.
The law firm serves residential and commercial policyholders in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Colorado, California, Arizona and the rest of the entire US.
Those that watched the game also know that one of the biggest story lines of the night was when a power surge caused the lights to go out in the Superdome.
Everyone will remember the roof collapse a couple of seasons ago but that came after the Twins had moved across town to Target Field. On August 29, 1992, there was a power outage that caused a 23-minute delay in the game versus the New York Yankees.

There would only be five more hits in the rest of the game, three for New York and two for Minnesota. It wasn't nearly as big of stage as the Super Bowl but these things happen in stadiums of this size.
The subways were not running and many residents had no water because their electric pumps were not working. This reduces the chance of another "domino effect" like the one that took place a decade ago, when a glitch in an Ohio alarm system shut down the power for 55 million people.
Seventy percent of transmission lines and transformers, according to the report, are now over a quarter-century old.
Similarly, bees collect pollen near the hive, but far enough that predators can't find them. There were some other delays when the Twins played at the Dome including multiple roof tears caused by heavy snow. After a walk to Danny Tartabull, Roberto Kelly hit a single that would score Mattingly from second.
Don Mattingly would be retired without any damage but Tartabull would provide all the pop for New York. After Brian Harper advanced Mack to second, a single from Gene Larkin would put runners on the corners. Wickman would go on to pitch eight innings and earn his first big league win in only his second start.
And when bad weather bears down, cities have adopted a "better safe than sorry" approach, shutting down basic services as a cautionary measure. Scientists studied bee behavior and found algorithms police now use to catNovember 6, 2015 - 5:56 PM Reddit Sure, you know that bees pollinate our crops and give us honey. The court concluded coverage was available to the policyholder because it sustained business income losses based upon interruption of water and power supply caused by direct physical loss to the water supply stations and electric power supply.
Another walk would load the bases before Jim Leyritz knocked a single to drive in two runs.
His three-run home run would open up a 6-0 lead for the Yankees and they seemed to be well in control of the game.
Other achievements include the requirement that power companies trim trees around lines, and a bevy of other, more technical regulations.

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