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Old 05-30-2007, 10:28 PM
 
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As a relative newcomer to the Tucson area (I moved here in February from NY) I was just wondering if anyone has ever heard of Tucson having a blackout?
Back in New York City we've seen blackouts happen from time to time (and nurmerous scattered power outages in certain areas).
I know that Tucson is not quite as densely populated as N.Y.C....
but never the less....with all us living out here in the super-heated desert environment....with all our A/C going (albeit central air)....what sort of precautions do you think Tucson Electric does to safeguard against such a problem?
I sure wouldn't want to be sitting in my apt on a 104 degree summer day and see a blackout happen !!
Anybody have info on this?
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:34 AM
 
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I live in Green Valley, 25 miles South of Tucson, and in 21 years the worst electrical outage that we have had lasted four hours. That was from storm damage. We use Tucson
Electric Power Company.
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:39 PM
 
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I dont' live in Tucson so go by what those who live there say more than me. I'll doubt they have much of a problem except perhaps during a storm - like any place would. The only thing I read in a local newspaper a few months ago was something about drug addicts digging up the copper pipes to get the copper - I think that temporarily affected the power around Rita Ranch or somewhere around that area - but I think that's probably rare.
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:50 PM
 
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Default Copper Thefts On The Rise...

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I dont' live in Tucson so go by what those who live there say more than me. I'll doubt they have much of a problem except perhaps during a storm - like any place would. The only thing I read in a local newspaper a few months ago was something about drug addicts digging up the copper pipes to get the copper - I think that temporarily affected the power around Rita Ranch or somewhere around that area - but I think that's probably rare.
Copper thefts are on the rise all over because copper prices are high. The mines here are working 24 hours a day. All the building areas in Green Valley are having their copper locked up and brought out just when it is used. I heard this from one of the foremen.
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Old 06-01-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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I lived in Tucson for over five years. During July/August it is monsoon season, though in recent years the storms were not nearly as powerful as they were in the mid-90s. In 1994 during July we had several violent thunderstorms complete with flash floods and hail, and the power went out frequently. It was short lived, but common.

During monsoons, it's wise to unplug appliances, ESPECIALLY your computer. Power surges can fry a motherboard in no time.
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