Early Wednesday morning, about 15,000 people and businesses still were without power because of Hurricane Nicholas. Schools closed and daily commerce was interrupted across Galveston County because of power outages. Some people who depend on power for life-sustaining equipment were without, while some of us were merely suffering the inconvenience of life without lights and climate-control comfort.
The Category 1 hurricane, packing 60-plus mph winds, was mercifully mild by most standards yet still made a mess of power lines and equipment across the county, begging the questions: When it comes to hardening electric infrastructure, can’t we do better? Can’t we move power lines out of the path of hurricanes?