Lesser-Known, But Still Common, Causes of Power Outages

When a power outage occurs, inconvenience, frustration, and even chaos can ensue until the problem gets rectified. Most power outages happen because of severe weather conditions like storms, hurricanes, and so forth.

But, there are times where the causes of power outages are due to lesser-known events. Here’s a brief round-up of some of those lesser-known causes:

Vehicles colliding into utility poles

One of the leading causes of power outages after severe weather conditions is when vehicles collide with utility poles. It’s often a common occurrence in areas that have seasons of extreme snow and ice.

Heavy snow and ice

The thing about heavy snow and ice is that it causes all manner of problems, one of which you’ve just read about (vehicle collisions). Another way that heavy snow and ice can cause power outages is when a build-up of snow and ice is so heavy it causes power lines to snap.


When snow and ice melt, it causes river levels to rise. Such events can lead to power outages, especially in flood plains. Flooding can damage both overhead and underground equipment, and sometimes utility companies shut off power to prevent further damage.


Another common yet lesser-known reason for power outages is when animals climb or gnaw on equipment. Animals often get attracted to places like power stations due to the heat generated.

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