Hurricane Irma Power Outage Forecasts

Source Newsroom: University of Michigan

Hurricane Irma Power Outage Forecasts
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Newswise — Seth Guikema, assistant professor of industrial and operations engineering and civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, and colleagues have generated a power outage forecast that they will update regularly.

He can discuss Hurricane Irma’s potential impacts on the power grid and infrastructure.

Guikema uses big-data analytics to predict the hurricane’s effects and enable power companies, first responders and others to deploy resources more efficiently.

“As the storm progresses, we will be updating our power outage model, which is publicly available,” he said.

“Our model provides information for utilities planning for the restoration and also for citizens, government agencies, and other private and public entities to help them make more informed decisions about how to prepare for and respond to this storm.”

Guikema can be reached at 734-369-2469 or



The main members of the research team are below, with web links to their web pages for more information.

Seth Guikema, University of Michigan
Brent McRoberts, Texas A&M University
Jordan Pino, The Ohio State University
Steven Quiring, The Ohio State University
Sara Shashaani, University of Michigan
Stephen Shield, The Ohio State University
Chengwei Zahi, University of Michigan

These outage estimates are provided for informational purposes only and are the product of a research project at the collaborating institutions. The information is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. The investigators and their universities do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained on this website.