GHPUD: Storm- and tree-related power outages increase in 2020
An increase in the number of storm and tree related outages in 2020 led to an increase in total power outages for the Grays Harbor PUD. PUD crews responded to 345 outages, impacting 59,068 customers for a total of 186,224 hours. Although all three totals represented an increase from 2019, the total hours and customers impacted fell well below the averages of the last five years.
The main cause of the increase were storm-, wind- and tree-related outages, accounting for 69% of the outages in 2020. November proved to be one of the toughest months of the year, with three significant storm events accounting for 11,392 customers without power, or 19% of the yearly total.