Spatiotemporal Distribution of Power Outages with Climate Events and Social Vulnerability in the USA
Do, V., McBrien, H., Flores, N., et al. (2023). Spatiotemporal Distribution of Power Outages with Climate Events and Social Vulnerability in the USA. Nature Communications. 14. .
The authors reviewed power outages from 2018–2020, and found "an average of 520 million customer-hours total without power annually across 2447 US counties (73.7% of the US population)." Longer outages were more likely to occur in northeastern, southern, and Appalachian counties, while counties in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan experienced both frequent 8+ hour outages and higher social vulnerability and prevalence of electricity-dependent durable medical equipment use. Considerations for disaster preparedness and response are included.