U.S. consumers experienced nearly six hours of power outages in 2018, reflecting a higher-than-usual number of hurricanes, wildfires and storms that brought down power lines and interrupted service, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
That’s an improvement compared with 2017, when consumers experienced about 8 hours of power outages because storms were more frequent and more severe than usual, Energy officials said.
Consumers typically experience about two hours of power interruptions every year when bad weather is excluded, according to the Energy Department.
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North Carolina set the record for outages in 2018, reporting nearly 30 hours of power losses as the state battled both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.
Residents in South Dakota logged the fewest interruptions, totaling 1.5 hours of outages in 2018, according to the Energy Department.