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Outage Causes

Electrical outages can be caused by a variety of factors. Though individual situations may differ, this section offers general information about the most common causes of power outages in the Midwest.

Weather-Related Outages
  • Lightning
  • Wind
  • Ice/Snow
  • Rain/Flooding

Non-Weather-Related Outages
  • Vehicle contact with utility poles or other electrical equipment
  • Animals climbing on poles, transformers and fuses
  • Trees contacting power lines
  • Damage by third-party contractors
  • Equipment overload due to high power demand
  • Planned outages to maintain equipment