What are some factors that cause power outages?

  • High winds blowing trees and branches onto power lines
  • Vehicles striking and breaking utility poles
  • High winds breaking utility poles
  • High winds blowing lines into trees
  • Cold-load pick-up problems
  • Animals such as birds, snakes, and squirrels climbing poles and contacting both the pole and the power line
  • Snow and ice build-up that causes power lines to break or touch tree branches
  • Overloaded lines
  • Problems at substations