Electrical Issues Caused by Storms

Have you ever wondered why your electric bill has increased after a storm? Conventional wisdom asserts that when lightning strikes, it can cause power surges in the utility lines leading to your home. While this is true, there’s more to the story than just lightning and high bills. Let’s explore how weather affects electrical service and detail what you can do to keep your home safe on the next stormy day.

The most obvious electrical problems associated with storms are directly related to lightning strikes and high winds. Lightning damage is quite common. High Winds can also cause damage to homes, as they are powerful enough to bend the utility poles and bring down power lines. When winds reach 45 mph or more, it causes more damage than lightning does by itself!

Now that we’ve covered the two main weather-related electrical problems, let’s explore how storms of all types affect our power grid.

Lightning Strikes and Wind Gusts Cause Electrical Surges

When a storm strikes, it causes the power lines to fluctuate very quickly, back and forth between higher and lower voltages. These rapid fluctuations or surges cause electrical equipment such as refrigerators, televisions, microwaves, and computers to malfunction. When we replace these appliances, we often discover that they have been fried by a power surge.

In addition to lightning and high winds, there is another weather phenomenon that affects our power grid in a negative way: snow and ice storms. The weight of the ice and snow during ice storms can cause the utility poles to snap or break.

When this happens, it means downed power lines. These lines are dangerous because they could be live with enough voltage to kill you if you touch them! Downed power lines also mean that without electricity, homes cannot pump water into their plumbing systems for showers, toilets, washing machines, and other necessities.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Home From Electrical Storms

The best way you can protect your home’s electrical appliances from damage due to storms is to unplug them before the storm begins. The easiest way to do this is to get a power strip with an on/off switch so all your appliances are plugged into this one strip. Then, turn off the power strip when you know that a storm is on its way.

Remember that even if your appliances are unplugged, there could still be voltage running through the wiring of your home. It will take time for this electricity to dissipate (and hopefully not hurt anyone along the way). So, it is best not to plug appliances back in until the storm has passed and your local utility company has restored power to your home.

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