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Storms create unique challenges to power companies. To some, severe storms equal an outage or disruption of service. More importantly, storms also expose the vulnerabilities in decaying, old or neglected infrastructure of the power line and pole. Components that are not in good shape are more susceptible to damage cause by storms, such as wires coming down.
And when wires come down, people can be hurt and killed in electrocution accidents.
Lighting, thunder and wind storms can also lead to downed wires.
Severe weather aside, it’s important to remember that power lines and poles should be able to withstand the force of Mother Nature— if they’re properly inspected and maintained by power companies.