Media Advisory: Hurricane Sandy - Predicting Power Outages

Article ID: 595487

Released: 26-Oct-2012 3:35 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Johns Hopkins University

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Hurricane Sandy - Predicting power outagesAn engineer at The Johns Hopkins University is using a computer model to predict where and when the power will go out due to Hurricane Sandy.

October 26, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the eastern seaboard of the United States with an ominous yet vague forecast regarding which cities will be hit the hardest, Seth Guikema and his team are aiming to put a finer point on Mother Nature's plans. While it seems to be a given that the power will go out at some point, somewhere, Guikema and his team have developed a computer model that may help power companies allocate resources by predicting how many people will be without power and where the most outages will take place. Guikema, an assistant professor of geography and environmental engineering in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, says the goal is to restore power faster and save customers money. Guikema will be running the model throughout the weekend and into next week as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.

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