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Hurricane Isabel

On September 18, 2003, Hurricane Isabel made landfall near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as a Category 2 storm with winds near 100 mph. Despite this fairly modest storm classification, over the next 24 hours Isabel caused unprecedented power outages (6.5 million customers) throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Office staff worked with DOE's Emergency Operations Center, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other groups to respond to the massive power outages caused by Hurricane Isabel.

Read a two page summary on Hurricane Isabel, its energy impacts, and the Office's work to help restore power. (PDF 171 KB)

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