Study: US Power Grid Vulnerable To Terrorist Attack
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on November 15, 2012 @ 7:57PM
Created on November 15, 2012 @ 6:58PM
Just one day after everyone in the area was able to get their power turned back on after Superstorm Sandy left thousands of folks in the dark, there's some news that'll probably make you cringe.
That's because according to a new report our nation's power grid is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.
That report goes on to mention that if an attack were to occur folks all across the country would be without power for weeks, and maybe even months.
After a derecho and Superstorm Sandy a lot of folks in our area know all too well what it's like to be without power for weeks.
Experts who completed that study said if a terrorist decided to hit our power grid that could make the damage left behind Sandy look like "child's play".
The problem is that the grid is spread out across hundreds of miles.
Apparently a lot of important pieces of equipment are unguarded, or old.
Officials have also said they don't have very many backup transformers.
5 News talked to a handful of folks on Thursday who found the results of the study shocking.
Christina Piper, a Morgantown resident, said this also shows why folks need to be prepared for a possible emergency.
"I have natural gas and a propane grill so I would be okay for a little," Piper said.
The good news is that officials are aware of the problem, and they're constantly working to make things better.
However, they need your help.
They ask anytime you see something suspicious that you report it to 911.
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