Power outages could be a possibility during the ice storm headed the Tri-State area’s way. According to the National Weather Service, Dubuque can expect to receive three-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation through noon tomorrow. That will be followed by an increase in wind speeds. Winds will reach sustained speeds of 15-20 miles per hour on Thursday night, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. Under those conditions, power lines could become heavy enough to snap. The weather service estimates that isolated power outages can happen when a quarter-inch of ice builds up on power lines. But that is assuming only light winds of 10 miles per hour or less. With the increased danger of outages, the city of Dubuque has put out some preparedness tips. In the event of a power outage:
– Stay away from downed lines.
– Report the outage to the local utility company. In Dubuque, that’s Alliant Energy.
– Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
– Add layers of heavy clothing to stay warm.
– Use flashlights, rather than candles, as lights.
– Never use the oven for heat.