> In our RISKS-related archives is also a major six-week complete power-outage
> disaster in Quebec in the winter of 1996-1997 when transmission towers froze
> and collapsed from the weight of ice under the prolonged hard freeze, and the
> outage lasted for months...  (Surely, cold weather was not a surprise there.)

Prolonged cold weather was not a surprise, but what they hadn't planned for
was prolonged *freezing rain*.


  [Similar comment from Neil Youngman.  PGN]

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