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Hurricane of 1938.
Due to the Hurricane of 1938, most businesses in Providence RI moved their telco to the 2nd floor or higher. Maybe NYC businesses will learn from this storm and do the same because it will happen again.
2012-Oct-31 4:57 pm: ·
cdru Go Colts Premium,MVM join:2003-05-14 Fort Wayne, IN kudos:7
They put power infrastructure below ground for several reasons... 1) that's where the power mains are, 2) electrical equipment is large, heavy, and generates a lot of heat, and 3) above ground space is much more valuable. Normally, the large transformers and such are placed in the basement during construction, as they're too large to move in later.
I only have one question... how the hell did they *normally* get fuel to the 17th floor?
2012-Oct-31 7:56 pm: ·
TomS_ Git-r-done Premium,MVM join:2002-07-19 London, UK kudos:5
Re: Hurricane of 1938.
They have bulk storage tanks in the basement, with pumps attached that automatically refill "day tanks" next to the generator itself.
So the generator has an immediate fuel supply, with the bulk stored somewhere else - e.g. somewhere where weight concerns are less, or storage space is greater, or refuelling is easily performed - or a combination of all. There are limits to how much weight you can plonk on top of a building.