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Cold Temperatures Can Lead To Power Outages

By: News Email
By: News Email

Another round of winter storms is sweeping the midwest into the northeast.

There's plenty of snow, but the real concern this time is the extreme cold.

Mon Power officials are urging people across our region to be prepared, as they say expected near record low temperatures may cause outages in the coming days.

Utility officials remind us that outages may occur at any time regardless of the weather but when temperatures plummet, the demand for electricity increases - the same effect a heatwave has in the summer.

"They may be taking a hot shower and that can often take electricity to heat the water for the shower. People also a lot of times will turn up the thermostat," says Todd Meyers, with Mon Power. "You have hundreds or you have thousands of customers doing that at the same time, that can create a demand for electricity. And that can be a time you might have a power outage that's related to the extra demand put on the system."

Meyers warns people not to bring outdoor sources of heating inside your residence due to a carbon monoxide danger.

Click on the link to the right for Mon Power outages.


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