The Truth About Power Outages in Florida
Considering Florida is the lightning capital of the nation, power outages are extremely common. The #1 leading cause of power outages in Florida is natural disasters, specifically tropical storms and hurricanes. Enduring 51-100 power outages per year, Florida falls above average on the scale.
There are 135 Electric Power Plants in the state of Florida, which actually makes up 1% of all power plants in the United States. All 21.5 million Floridians rely on these power plants, so it’s a big deal when the power goes out.
The average length of power outages in Florida is about 65.6 hours, which equals up to 3 business days of stalled productivity. Whether your home or business is affected, that’s a long time to go without power. Following a hurricane or serious storm, it can take much longer than a few days for the power companies to make repairs and restore power. Depending on the area and damage done, some people have to wait weeks.
Weather-related power outages have continued to increase since 1992, and power outages overall are increasing by 15% year over year.
The Most Common Causes of Power Outages
The US Department of Energy and the State of Florida created a State Energy Risk Profile to assess the risks associated with power outages regarding Florida’s energy infrastructure and potential influential factors. That includes natural and man-made hazards that could potentially interfere with the power grid.
The most common natural hazards that impact power in Florida have been identified as lightning and thunderstorms, floods, and hurricanes.
“The second-most common natural hazard in Florida is Other, which occurs once every 3.9 days on the average,” reports energy.gov.
Most Power Outages Occur During…
Between the years 2008 and 2013, trends show the greatest number of power outages occurred during the month of August. During this same time frame, the leading causes of electric outages were weather and falling trees.
The NOAA reports that thunderstorms and lighting are the most common natural hazards in Florida. There is on average one reported incident every 2 days during the months of March through October.
How To Avoid Power Outages
When you decide to purchase a Standby Generator from GenerX Generators, you will be providing you and your family with your own personal power plant. When power from the main electricity grid is interrupted, your Standby GenerX Generator will detect this and automatically turn on, providing your home with continuous power within seconds.
To learn more about how generators work, check out our blog: How Do Standby Generators Work?
Power Outage Quick Facts
- The leading cause of electric outages in Florida during 2008 to 2013 was Weather/Falling Trees.
- On average, the number of people affected annually by electric outages during 2008 to 2013 in Florida was 1,356,328.
- The average duration of electric outages in Florida during 2008 to 2013 was 3,935 minutes or 65.6 hours a year.
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