• October 31st, 2012
  • Darren Kingman

The United States is in a state of repair after Hurricane Sandy hit the country’s eastern coast on Tuesday October 30th. The Hurricane caused mass flooding through many residential communities and even in New York’s subway system. The effects also saw power shortages and disruptions to some of the areas biggest telecoms providers.

With many people at risk and in need of emergency services, these disruptions even saw some 911 call centres badly impacted, with damage to over 25% of the region wireless towers being the route of the trouble. This meant that many people were unable to call for the help they needed.

One of the worst impacted telecoms providers was the extremely popular Verizon network. The company have reported that 3 of their major offices were subject to major flooding, causing most of their electrical equipment to be temporarily disabled. At this moment, it is unknown exactly how many people were impacted by the sporadic network coverage, but as most of the popular networks were experiencing similar difficulties, including AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel, that number is expected to be extremely high.

However, it wasn’t only flooding that was the route of the trouble. With power outages occurring from energy suppliers, network were unable to power their equipment, which also includes wireless transaction services. This meant that many transaction were unable to be completed, leaving the US economy taking another major hit and customers unable to buy the supplies they needed.

The clean up work is now under way and it is safe to assume that the wireless networks and energy suppliers will be one of the first to gain aid. With these services back up and running, people will again be able to charge and use their phones, with many still in need of the emergency services that were temporarily impacted.