OUTAGE/WEATHER: severe winter weather and mci worldcom

Sean Donelan SEAN at SDG.DRA.COM
Mon Jan 4 09:57:23 UTC 1999

A summary of few of the larger infrastructure issues in the last few days

January 3-4 (18+ hours)
	MCI Worldcom had water problems in a New York/New Jersey office (the
	reports haven't clearly identified the location) damaging some
	unspecified equipment.  At least two OC48s are out of service.
	See next issue.

January 1-3
	Severe winter weather across the midwest to the east coast.
	Sporadic power outages in multiple states affecting 450,000
	people.  39 deaths. One news station reported 7 counties in
	central Illinois lost telephone service.  Travel conditions
	have greatly increased repair response times in affected areas.

If last year is a guide, major problems won't surface until the weather
warms up a bit.  Flooding and heavy equipment use caused several post-winter
storm outages last winter.

I did read the other thread.  What the rough consensus was wasn't clear
to me, so I'm going ahead with this message.
Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
  Affiliation given for identification not representation

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