• Power poles tell story of Hurricane Michael!

    Hurricane Michael damaged nearly 7,000 utility poles mostly in Gulf Power's eastern district of its service area, that's nearly double the number of poles damaged during 2004's Hurricane Ivan.

    When Hurricane Michael’s powerful winds whipped across the eastern Florida Panhandle, very little standing in its path could stand up to the near Category 5 force.

    Trees snapped, were flattened or left leafless and leaning. And similar to trees, thousands of power poles splintered or toppled, dragging down miles of power lines with them.

    Power poles are the backbone of Gulf Power’s electrical grid. While there are other important parts to the power grid, poles have become one of the defining images and milestones of the story of Hurricane Michael’s destructive force and unprecedented restoration.

    “Immediately after the storm, when looking around and seeing very few poles left standing was overwhelming and devastating,” said Sandy Sims, Gulf Power’s Eastern District general manager.

    From the scope of the damage, it was clear that the power grid in the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle would be a rebuild. It wasn’t going to simply involve straightening poles and repairing equipment before power could be restored to customers so they could begin their road to recovery.

    Immediately after Michael spun out of the Panhandle leaving roadways impassable with downed trees and power poles in Bay County and other hard-hit areas, Gulf Power crews were already rolling in to begin the restoration process.

    “Gulf Power crews were already working their way south down State Highway 77 through Lynn Haven cutting broken poles, pushing them over the curb and removing the downed lines to make way for caravans of utility workers, first responders and semis laden with power poles, transformers, and wires to roll into the devastated areas,” said Kimberly Blair, Gulf Power spokesperson. “It was an amazing sight to see them already working even as Michael was laying waste to areas northeast of Panama City.”

    Until Michael, 2004’s Hurricane Ivan served as a benchmark on preparing for another major hurricane. Ivan devastated the Pensacola area, and it took 3,300 power poles to repair the power system. Prior to Michael entering the Gulf of Mexico, a stockpile of 3,000 poles was sent to sites from Pensacola to Panama City.

    When Michael spun up to a strong Category 4, the projection for the number of poles that would be needed to rebuild the system quickly ticked up to 7,000, a nearly precise estimate. It took 6,823 to rebuild the power system.

    When Gulf Power’s logistic team realized its main pole supplier was in Michael’s path, they reached out to other pole suppliers to the west of the storm in Alabama and Mississippi to make sure they’d be ready to help fill the need. Trucks laden with poles joined the first wave of disaster responders that converged on the Eastern Panhandle. The main supplier was also able to deliver more than 1,000 poles even though it lost power and suffered damage.

    “When the large deliveries of poles began arriving so quickly — it was the first sign that we could rebuild in a matter of weeks, and not months,” Sims said. “It made the restoration process seem manageable and possible.”

    As poles began rolling in around the clock, Gulf Power had a team coordinating the massive effort. Poles were sent to staging sites around the area to be easily accessible to crews who were working 24/7.

    “Immediately after Michael’s passing, crews were already installing new poles, a site that buoyed our customer's hopes,” said Blair. “I was on the ground that first day with our crews and saw many people giving them the thumbs-up and telling them ‘thank you.’”
    Once large numbers of poles were being set down the main thoroughfares of the community, it was part of returning to normalcy — traffic signals could begin operation, lift stations and water plants could resume.

                                   Posted: Fri 4:29 PM, Nov 16, 2018 By WJHG
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  • Human Activities Are Making Hurricanes Worse: Study

    Anthropogenic climate change and urbanization appear to boost rainfall and exacerbate flooding risks, according to two Nature papers.

    Hurricanes are devastating, and we’re making them worse. Our activities, whether it’s by warming the climate or building concrete jungles, are intensifying rainfall and raising the risks of flooding, according to two papers published today (November 14) in Nature.

    “Climate change has exacerbated rainfall and is set to enhance the wind speed,” Christina Patricola, a climate scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory co-author of one of the studies, tells The Guardian. “My hope is that this information can be used to improve our resilience to the kinds of extreme weather events we are going to have in the future.”

    She and her colleagues simulated how hurricanes such as Katrina in North America and Haiyan in Southeast Asia would have developed in different climates, from the pre-industrial and modern eras to three climate scenarios predicted for the end of this century. Rainfall increased by 4 percent to 9 percent in the futuristic models compared with pre-industrial conditions. In the worst-case future scenario, rainfall would rise by 25 percent to 30 percent and winds will intensify by roughly 7 to 28 miles per hour.

    In the second study, Gabriele Villarini, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of Iowa, and her colleagues also ran climate models and found that the topography of Houston--mainly its human-made buildings—led to atmospheric drag, which increased Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall. Additionally, the surface of the city—its concrete and asphalt—increased flooding compared with what would have happened had the storm hit croplands.

    “This paper represents a real advance in our understanding of hurricane impacts on urban areas,” Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at MIT who was not involved in either study, tells Bloomberg. The findings have “important implications for urban planning.”

                            Nov 14, 2018, ASHLEY YEAGER
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    Snowfall is expected in several ski resorts this weekend.

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    .... cold advection in the Balkans will bring new snow.
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    (and in Saudi Arabia !!!).

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