If anyone sees information on what actually happened a link would be
Don't know as ConEd has had time to worry about the "why" yet but it was
a transformer explosion. Possible causes are water penetration caused
an internal insulation failure or it's possible wind caused a load short
that overloaded it. If had to guess I'd expect the latter probably.
Transformer failures of such a sort are a common event during tornadoes
out here--it's one of the easiest ways to see progress across a
developed area after dark, often, in fact by watching the chain of
There it generally is that the high wind causes load-carrying line
phases to touch and the result is a rapid overload subsequent
transformer failure. The difference here is that this was a substation
large transformer instead of line pole-mounted one so when the
substation went, so did a large area...
What happens is that those god damn stupid ass fools that run the power
company made a decision to NOT cut power to major distribution /
step-down transformers. And because they didn't cut the power, they set
up the situation whereby those transformers and other gear was allowed
to fry itself into a giant fireball when the flood waters, lightning,
wind (etc) dammaged the physical plant that they feed into.
Same goes for not cutting off major natural-gas valves.
In Hoboken, a hundred homes burned to their foundations because of some
sort of massive file.
Tell me - how the hell do you get a fire going (and keep it going)
during a massive rain-drenched hurricane?
Maybe if you're dumb enough to keep feeding it with natural gas and live
Amongst other reasons because the system is tied to a much larger one
and there are many reasons to try to keep power as long as possible to
as much of the service area as possible...
Presicence of which particular substation transformer might fail isn't
yet built in.
This poster here is the only one of those I see in the thread... :(
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