Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. in late October 2012. Although it was never stronger than a Category 2 storm, Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as measured by diameter. Severe rain, storm surge and wind conditions led to billions of dollars in damage throughout 24 U.S. states.
Although utilities knew well in advance that a strong storm was coming, the exact landfall location and expected rainfall and wind speeds varied among forecasting services. The challenge for many utilities was to prepare responsibly for the impact on their service region, but not over-prepare in such a way that would drive up costs ultimately paid for by their customers.
Schneider Electric’s MxVision WeatherSentry Online® provides real-time weather conditions, as well as detailed, location-specific forecasts up to 15 days in advance. Its precipitation and temperature forecasts have been rated top in the industry for the past five years. Unitil relied on this expertise and accuracy to prepare appropriately for severe weather conditions.