SLIDESHOW: Weather hits hard at utilities east, west and south this winter

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Twisted metal

A CPS Energy transmission tower crumpled over due to the tornado which hit the San Antonio area on February 20

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Tornado aftermath

A CPS worker took a photo from inside his truck while assessing damage from the tornadoes.

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Hard-hit neighborhood

Tornado damage in a neighborhood served by CPS Energy

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Tower down

Another view of the transmission tower destroyed by the San Antonio storm.

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Downed transmission

The crumpled CPS tower at night.

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Gresham, Oregon

Portland General Electric crew responds to damage from Jan. 10-13 storm.

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Portland snowstorm

Another view of the Portland General Electric work during the snow storm.

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Gresham damage

Wind damage from the Jan. 3 storm in Gresham, Oregon.

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Frozen streets

PGE crews work to restore power on slick streets near Highway 30.

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Workers rally

PSEG Long Island’s truck fleet readies after the February snow storm hits.

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Workers roll out

PSEG Long Island crew deploys to respond to line damage.

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PSEG at work

PSEG Long Island workers ensure road safety while responding to outage.

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PSEG lineman

PSEG Long Island lineman works atop distribution pole.

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Weather hits hard at utilities east, west and south this winter

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4);"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> It’s been a wild, wacky winter for many of the nation’s utilities. This slideshow highlights some images featuring three—Portland General Electric, PSEG Long Island and CPS Energy—which serve the Pacific Northwest, East Coast and south Texas, respectively.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Portland General Electric has faced more than its share of crazy fronts this past winter. Some six storms— from wind to ice to sudden snow—hit the region at various times since October. Public Service Enterprise Group’s Long Island unit got the business end of a major snow storm in February. Crews deployed in near zero visibility to assess damage and restore electricity to customers.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">CPS Energy of San Antonio, meanwhile, responded to a wave of tornadoes in February. As images show, the furious funnels took down transmission towers and plenty of distribution lines due to the shredded trees. All in all, though, the utility crews throughout those regions fixed outages in fairly quick time. They got cold, wet and blasted by wind, but they got the jobs done.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">(Story by Rod Walton. Images from PGE, PSEG Long Island and CPS Energy)</p>