Causes of Power Outages

Snow, ice storms, and storms with high winds can cause severe damage that can lead to power outages.

When an object, such as a tree limb, comes in contact with a power line, circuit breakers or other protective equipment shut off the flow of power. Customers connected to that circuit will be without power until crews can remove the object and reset the equipment.

During severe weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes or ice storms, trees may be uprooted and fall onto the power lines, knocking down miles of power lines and poles. In these instances, we have to completely rebuild the electrical line. This is dangerous and time consuming work and may cause you to be without power for longer periods of time. Trees and other debris may even block streets or highways and prevent access to the area.

Damage to electrical equipment is not always obvious or immediately visible. Duke Energy crews must inspect the lines and equipment to locate the specific area in need of repair.

Weather-Related Causes of Outages

Other Causes of Outages