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How bad does wind have to be to knock out power?

The wind knocked out my power for 8 hours how bad does it have to be to do that? 

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  • PANKO
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The wind knocked out power in your car?

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The winds of 15-25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph, may blow around unsecured objects, take down tree limbs and potentially cause power outages. Wind chill values will be in the 20s to 30s throughout the day.

  • 2 months ago

    Unless the power was in your car, you're posting this to the WRONG section of YA.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    depends to break power lines or bring down a pole or a power outage cause by a transformer  ? which one , either way an awfull lot of wind , power lines are built of metal so they can take alot of wind .

  • 2 months ago

    That depends on several factors.

    Where I live, the VAST majority of power lines are buried. A category 5 hurricane wouldn't knock out power.

    If your area has overhead power lines, a typical rainstorm could blow over a dead tree that lands on the line

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Maybe nobody noticed it happening as many happen at night in the dark and it could be their lucky day for it took out several sections at the same time and then also blew out the transformer too and as they had to fly in by helicopter, they thought they would get in some "fishing and beer drinking" cepting that they could not find the bottle opener & the story continues on in your imagination....(what they do in the woods is their business)

  • 2 months ago

    There is no specific amount.  A 30 mph wind can knock over a dead tree that falls on electric utility lines and brings the lines down.

  • 2 months ago

    Bad enough......

  • y
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    More often then not the wind knocked over a tree that took out your power. In large wind storms that can happen all over the place so they have multiple areas where they need to fix.  Power outages that last for days or even weeks seem to happen around here ever 5 or 6 years. Outages that last half a day or so happen multiple times a year. Ice/snow weight can bring down lines themselves, short out transformers, topple tree's or their limbs, as well as make driving conditions dangerous so cars take out polls. The same is true for winds, or heavy rains and floods that saturate the ground, making it soft. Or, it could just be an old dying tree that no one saw, that comes down in a light summer breeze.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Just strong enough to break a branch that falls on a powerline and downs it. After that, it's not the wind's fault your power is still out but your power company's fault for taking eight hours to fix the downed powerline.

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