Three storms in a week cause havoc across much of Britain’s electricity network.
Around half a million people were left without electricity after Storm Arwen battered much of Britain.
St Jude Storm winds touching nearly 100 mph bring death and destruction to south-east England leaving up to 850,000 homes without electricity in October 2013.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) admits more than half of the power outages that plagued the state during February’s storms were because generation plants simply couldn’t cope with the freezing weather.
Some of the coldest temperatures seen in Texas for 30 years result in huge power outages across the state, leaving millions of residents without electricity.
October 1987 saw the biggest storm to hit southern parts of the UK in almost 300 years kill 18 people, cause billions of pounds of damage and leave hundreds of thousands of homes without power.
Hundreds of thousands of people are still without electricity after a major power outage across Chicago.
A “once-in-a-decade” storm with wind speeds topping 80 mph causes major blackout in Western Australia.
Sunday wind storm leads to “record-breaking” number of power outages in Nashville, Tennessee.
Scientists warn the effect of extreme weather on energy systems could increase the risk of major blackouts in the coming years.