Lights out leaves cold, boredom for thousands in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of households in Washington's second-largest city were surviving without electricity nearly a week after a wind storm ripped apart power lines, trees and the electrical grid.

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Spokane Tuesday to inspect damage from the worst windstorm in the region's history, promising to explore whether Spokane County qualifies for federal disaster assistance. The storm Nov. 17 packed gusts up to 70 mph that cracked trees and sent them crashing onto cars, killing three people in the state.

Inslee to meet with officials as Spokane power outages drag on

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Janet Gray, one of thousands of people in the Spokane area still without power following a major windstorm, gave up living in her house when the thermostat hit 38 degrees and moved to a hotel.

Despite the cold, food she bought for Thanksgiving spoiled and she called off dinner plans with relatives who planned to travel from western Washington for the holiday.

Tens of thousands shivering without power in Washington city

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people who have been shivering for nearly a week without power after deadly storms swept through Washington state are bracing for snowfall Monday and the possibility of preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the dark.

A major windstorm last Tuesday damaged the electrical grid in Spokane, the state's second-largest city. Winds topping 70 mph in the Northwest snapped power poles, flooded roadways and homes, and toppled trees that crashed through roofs and crushed cars. Three people died when trees fell on their vehicles.

Simulated grid attack that ‘breaks the system’ would be ‘rare’ in real life: NERC chief


Gerry Cauley, head of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., says an exercise his group ran this past week simulating a strike on the nation’s power system—which would have resulted in millions facing long-term power outages—was on a scale that would be very difficult for actual attackers to replicate, E&E reports.

Crews continue cleanup after Northwest storm

SEATTLE (AP) — Well over 100,000 customers remained without power in Washington state Thursday after a powerful storm killed three people and prompted an emergency declaration from the governor.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Wednesday for all Washington counties, clearing the way for state officials to increase aid to those with storm damage.

Governor declares state of emergency after Northwest storm

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Wednesday in Washington state after days of rain and a powerful storm Tuesday killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers.

The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths.

Islamic State has problems with electricity

Foreign Affairs

Despite the apparent success of Islamic State on the battlefield, the group is finding it harder to keep the lights on in territory it controls, Foreign Affairs reports.

Information sharing could boost grid cybersecurity, Congress told

The Hill

Real-time information sharing from the federal government would help the electricity industry defend against cyberattacks, an executive from FirstEnergy Service Company told a joint hearing of two House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees Wednesday, The Hill reports.

MISO reports it has sufficient power for winter


Changes made by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator following the frigid Polar Vortex weather pattern two years ago are helping to bolster grid reliability for the coming winter season, Platts reports.

No successful ISIS cyberattacks on grid, feds say


The Islamic State group has been trying to hack into the computer systems of U.S. utilities, but, so far, the efforts have been futile, a Homeland Security official told executives of energy firms gathered in Philadelphia to discuss security, CNN reports.


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