It depends:

  • Removing a branch from a power line is usually relatively simple and quick.
  • Replacing a broken power pole or digging up buried cable to find and repair a fault is a much longer process.
  • Outages can last from minutes to hours or even days, depending on the severity of a storm or the damage to the system.
  • Your location also affects the time it takes to restore power. If you live in a rural area, it might take Co-op crews an hour or more just to arrive on location (especially if they need to leave their home in the middle of the night).