Ranking the biggest storms based on power outages [Infographic]

Lightning, hail, wind and snow. They all have the ability to wreak havoc on power lines. Some storms, however, pack more of a punch than others.

For example, while the historic blizzard of 1975 claimed 13 lives and crippled many parts of OPPD’s service territory, it didn’t even rank in the Top 10 in terms of outage numbers. So which ones did?

The following infographic ranks the storms and describes how one big event completely changed how OPPD responds to them.


Big Storm_infographic

Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.

4 thoughts on “Ranking the biggest storms based on power outages [Infographic]

  1. My sister said she read in the OWH
    an article about cost of electricity being paid for by its customes. The article said that Nebraska, Iowa and one other Midwestern state paid the highest electrical bills in the nation. I don’t believe that is true because OPPD has always prides itself on keeping costs to the consumer low!

    1. Thanks for the comment Nancy. Nebraska moved up to 9th lowest cost for residential electricity in the nation. Stay safe.

    2. Thanks for the comment. Nebraska currently ranks 9th lowest in cost for residential electricity in the nation. Stay safe.

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