High temperatures for the months of June and July in 2012. The weather before and after the Derecho event that year was extremely hot and humid, causing extra concern for residents without power and without air conditioning.
A derecho event is possible, climatologically speaking, one time a year in the NW Ohio, SE Michigan state. This is a zoomed-in view of the same graphic from above from the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
A regional view of the "Derecho Climatology" graphic from the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC). The graphic shows the frequency of derecho weather events on an annual basis.
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Between 2003 and 2012, weather caused
80 percent of all power outages in the United States.
During the sweltering heat of summer,
losing electricity limits access to air conditioning, fans and other methods of
"Generally, bad weather doesn't hit the
whole system at once," said Senior Communications Representative for First
Energy Chris Eck.
In June of 2012, it did. An intense, long-lived
line of thunderstorms known as a Derecho swept through the Midwest. A video posted to YouTube shows footage of the
storm and a northwest Ohio resident saying, "I've never seen it storm like this."
"That wind storm did a great deal of
damage to our system and it took a long time to recover," said Eck.
Of the event's roughly 1,200 storm
reports, nearly 10 percent cited damage to power lines and utility poles. The
impacts of the Derecho's 90 mile per hour wind gusts were felt immediately and
for days and weeks afterward as thousands suffered without power.
When it comes to power outages, most
people's plan is to light a few candles and wait it out. But what happens when
the power company leaves you in the dark for longer than you expected?
"You can't make your infrastructure
weather proof. Mother Nature can always throw things at you that you aren't
prepared for," said Eck.
In northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan,
multiple companies control the power supply. First Energy owned Toledo Edison
and Ohio Edison provide energy for most of northwest Ohio from the Indiana
border to the shores of Lake Erie. South of the Glass City, AEP Ohio provides
energy for parts of Central Ohio, including the cities of Findlay, Lima and
With more than 300,000 miles of wire in
the air, First Energy conducts ongoing preventative maintenance to keep the
grid working smoothly. In a severe weather situation, all of the local energy
companies work around the clock to restore power starting from the largest
service areas, down to the minor ones.
"Sometimes, you might have your power
out and it's been a few hours and you haven't seen a truck and you wonder if
we're working. We're working our way out to you," said Eck.
In the meantime, emergency services personnel
identify potential hazards, and provide support.
"When we arrive on the scene of a
weather related incident, it can be very dynamic. Our first thought is to
secure that area if a power line is down if a tree is down. Our first thought
is public safety, not only to us, obviously, but the public, as well. Any time
we have an energized power line on the ground that presents a danger," said Toledo
Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Matthew Hertzfeld.
You can stay safe by watching for
things like caution scene tape and notifications of live wires and by planning
Battery operated flashlights and radios
can come in handy during power outages. Remember to fully charge your mobile devices
and fill your tank with gas before a potential severe weather outbreak.
A battery powered fan will prevent you from getting too hot this summer, but
it's also good to have a back-up plan when it comes to keeping cool.
In the days leading up to and following
the 2012 Derecho event, high temperatures ranged from the lower 90s into the
"I've got a thermometer in my room and
this morning when I got up, it was at 92," said one Findlay resident, who found
refuge at a Red Cross cooling center.
The Lucas County Emergency Management
Agency partnered with the Red Cross to provide families will bottled water and
non-perishable foods and to open shelters and cooling stations.
"There are definitely concerns,
especially when we have the [summertime] heat and no air conditioning. We ask
that citizens check on their elderly neighbors to make sure that they are safe
and maybe get them to a cooling center," said Lucas County EMA Director Patricia
That's all the more reason to prepare your family for the next outage. Read
First Energy's tips and reminders for a power outage here.
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with the StormTrack Weather Blog.
View power outage maps for area power companies below: