Hurricane Sandy Update
Hurricane Sandy Update. Global Data Vault continues to support our customers in the affected areas especially New York and New Jersey. We have been busier than usual, but all of our customer recoveries have gone very well.
We wish all of our friends in the area a speedy recovery.
From the New York Times, here is a breakdown by time and state of the more than 6 million customers affected with Hurricane Sandy power outages this morning based on information updates from 35 major power companies:
For more details on the impact see the New York Times.
With power mostly restored now – and apologies to those still waiting, this will be our final update in our New Orleans After Isaac series. Hurricane Isaac was a Category 1 hurricane. By wind speed, it was barely even that strong, with top sustained winds of 80 mph. It moved slowly and brought more rainfall than is typical of a storm of this magnitude. For the most part New Orleans homes and businesses lost power for several days to one week.
Real progress is finally visible today. While many are still without power, there is surely a light at the end of the tunnel for those homes and businesses still waiting. A new color is peaking through now on the map: green!
Labor Day update: Today is the fifth day of the effort to restore power to New Orleans. Progress clearly continues, but while Entergy has deployed a workforce of 10,000 men and women to address the problem, there seems to be much work ahead. Each triangle on the map below represents a transformer that is still not working. The color of the triangle shows the number of customers impacted by the outage at each transformer. Blue means 1 to 50, yellow means 51 to 250 and red means 251 to 1,000.
If you look carefully today, you can see some improvements since Isaac struck. The map is much more blue than red – clearly, the outages are being reduced. Entergy had said they would have power back to 90% of those “ready for power” by September 6. Hopefully this will work out, but there is still much work to do.
Keeping track of the day-to-day progress of the recovery here in a visual format may serve as a reference for future similar events.
Legend: Blue = 1 to 50, Yellow = 51 to 250 and Red = 251 to 1,000 power outages. Red lines are failed power lines.