Using Remote Sensing to Visualize the Effects of Wind Speed versus Storm Surge on Power Outages from Hurricanes

Authors: Shelby Duncan*, , Kristina Salvatorre, Penn State, Kathryn Jordan, Penn State
Topics: Remote Sensing
Keywords: Remote sensing, Hurricane, Power Outage
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This poster encompasses three major hurricanes; Sandy, Harvey, and Irma. The goal was to understand how these storms affected the areas at landfall while also depicting where the worst power outages occurred. The hurricanes analyzed were Harvey, which affected the Texas coast, Irma in Southwest Florida, and Sandy, which hit the tristate area. This research was conducted qualitatively to determine what aspects of hurricanes, be they wind speed, precipitation, or storm surge, result in more power outages. We were able to determine the worst impacted areas through the use of satellite imagery. To visualize the effects, we analyzed night time satellite imagery from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - 16 (GOES-16), GOES-13, and the Suomi Polar Orbiting Satellite (POES), then compared this to the meteorological reports published by NOAA. We found that storm surge and wind speeds were the biggest components in contributing to the amount of power outages in these three areas.

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