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Repairing tornado damage in Louisiana; photo courtesy of Entergy
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Turning the Power Back on: Restoring the Grid after Massive Storms

Posted December 21, 2017, Length: 20:40

Hurricanes and tornados can be devastating to infrastructure. The electric power grid is particularly vulnerable because it is both exposed and extensive. In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey along the Gulf Coast, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico demonstrated the risks of that vulnerability. To help us understand what it takes to restore power, and in the long run, to increase the resilience of the grid, we talk with Mike Vaughn, Vice President of Assets for the Entergy Corporation, producer and distributor of electric power the Gulf region.

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Descriptions of photos at top of page, from left to right:
Bayonne Bridge, from Bayonne, NJ to Staten Island, NY; the Tom Moreland Interchange in Atlanta, GA; Dworshak Dam, in Clearwater County, ID; a transmission substation in Orem, UT.
All photos courtesy of Wikipedia.