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Question DetailsAsked on 1/23/2017

Lights dimming and flickering in wind

Today I noticed that my lights would flicker and dim and then Go back on to full strength. I have above ground wiring and we have been having a wind and rain storm with occasionally gusts up to 50MPH. The lights never went out and we did not lose power they just flickered or dimmed quickly. Is that normal for lights to do that when the wires from the pole are located overhead when it is extremely windy out?

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If definitely related to when there is strong wind, call your utility company service number -and explain to them. Could be (commonly) a line swaying against a treeor vice versa, causing partial short-term grounding out. Could also be lines swaying against each other - which would cause visible arcing and sparking. Can also, though usually burns out the wiring in pretty short order, a splice at the transformer or at the weatherhead (on the mast at your house) pulling apart under load.


Either way - though it does depend on the utility, normally the lines all the way to (and including) the splices at the weatherhead belong to the power utility and are their repsonsibility to fix.


This power dimming/flickering is indicative of a serious problem - not only because eventually the line is likely to fail if it keeps up, so you would then have an electrocution and fire hazard where it comes down. Also, this sort of power loss or brownout is very hard on most types of electronics and any motors in the house, so should be fixed ASAP.


I would call the emergency service number at your power utility to have them send out a line crew. Might help, if you know them, to call neighbors adjacent to you and ask if theirs is doing it too - that along with their addresses would help the utility tie down whether the problem is at your house only or on the service line serving that area. However, if you have a "smart meter" at your houses that is probably not necessary - they should be able to remotely call up the drop-out history on your meter and adjacent ones and see what house are and are not affected.


Unfortunately, they might say wait to call till it is doing it again in high winds - some will investigate such a case regardless of whether currently occurring, some will only do so when it is happening or if you see arcing and can tell them exactly where it is happening.

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