> In our RISKS-related archives is also a major six-week complete power-outage
> disaster in Quebec in the winter of 1996-1997 when transmission towers froze
> and collapsed from the weight of ice under the prolonged hard freeze, and the
> outage lasted for months...  (Surely, cold weather was not a surprise there.)

Prolonged cold weather was not a surprise, but what they hadn't planned for
was prolonged *freezing rain*.

http://gizmodo.com/that-time-a-canadian-town-derailed-a-diesel-train-and-d-1846307148

  [Similar comment from Neil Youngman.  PGN]

By admin