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East Side Ridgewood Residents Lose Power Due to Fallen Tree on West Saddle River Road

Tree on West Saddle River Road

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

September 20th 2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, A portion of West Saddle River Road in Ridgewood was blocked for an extended period of time on Tuesday afternoon, 09/19. Personnel from Ridgewood PD, FD, and the Village’s Shade Tree Division responded to the incident. The tree could not be removed until a troubleshooter from Public Service Electric & Gas disconnected a primary power line. Several residents in the area reported the loss of electric power to their homes. FD personnel assisted one homeowner in opening her garage door, which she ordinarily does with an automatic opener. No injuries were reported during the incident.

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DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm


DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm

Document says FEMA unsure of damage to grid from magnetic storm

Sun emits a mid-level flare Dec. 4, 2014 / AP

BY: Bill Gertz
December 12, 2014 5:00 am

Millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document.

DHS’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated in an internal 2012 fact sheet outlining its response plan for severe “space weather” that the actual impact and damage from a future solar storm is not known.

“An analysis of the space weather impacts indicates that the greatest challenge will be to provide life-saving and life-sustaining resources for large numbers of people that experience long-term power outage from damage to the U.S. electrical grid,” the FEMA document, dated March 1, 2012, states.

The FEMA fact sheet noted the findings of a 2010 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that monitors sun storms, warning that an extreme solar storm could leave “130 million people without power for years,” and destroy or damage more than 300 hard-to-replace electrical grid transformers.

Major solar storms are rare. Two major solar disruption events took place in 1859 and 1921, times when electricity was less prevalent than today.

The study said a future solar storm like the great magnetic storm of May 1921 would black out most states east of the Mississippi River along with most states in the Pacific Northwest.

The long-term loss of electrical power likely would produce catastrophic loss of life.

However, the FEMA document disputed that worst-case scenario, noting that in 2011 DHS experts were “not convinced” about the dire consequences outlined in the earlier study.

Still, DHS scientists in 2011 warned that the U.S. electric grid remains vulnerable to damage from an extreme geomagnetic storm. The scientists said the extent of damage to high-voltage transformers from a space storm “are not well known” and the matter needs further study, the report says.