Very common during wind storms.
- Momentary outages—If you see your digital alarm clock flashing, you know that your home lost power, perhaps only briefly. To protect our electric system, SMECO uses automated equipment that detects a short circuit or fault on the line. (A circuit breaker in your home may open or “trip” when too many appliances are plugged in. SMECO has reclosers that open when there’s a fault on the line.) If a tree limb falls or makes contact with a power line, the recloser gives the fault three chances to clear on its own, so the power may go off briefly two or three times. If the fault hasn’t cleared, the recloser will stay open—and the power will stay out—until a SMECO crew removes the limb or clears the fault.