This is a map of the United States detailing the severity of power outages for each county during the winter storm that hit North America in mid-February 2021, as recorded by PowerOutage.US. This particular data was recorded in the early morning of Monday, February 15, 2021.
The state of Texas was the worst hit during the storm in terms of electricity. Power interruptions were reported in over two million households in the southern state, in what is described as one of the largest power outages in American history. Some counties are reporting as low as a 10 percent outage (yellow) to a total blackout in a few (dark red) during that point.
Oregon comes at a very distant second, with over 290,000 customers left without power. Virginia is the only other state that had more than 100,000 homes sans electricity during the destructive blizzard.
These informative reads talk about the U.S. electricity situation in general and how to be prepared if an outage comes by:
- Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid
- Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States
- Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure
- Living on the Grid: The Fundamentals of the North American Electric Grids in Simple Language
- Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens
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