I think it’s population vs where weather radars are. We have a lower population on the west coast, I think. And I know we didn’t get a new radar installed closer to the coast until after the 2006 storm. That was fun. One town bigger than mine had no power for 3 weeks (means no way to get gas for cars either), and my town for once got power back before them. iirc shit hit the fan because Bonneville Dam went out, and that supplies electricity to a huge percent of Washington and Oregon. I do recall that the entire region started investing money into cellphone towers, radio towers, and dam and bridge infrastructure since we were so crippled by the dam being out. Most cellphone towers were out- only a few of the super large ones were up and running, and you only got cellphone service if you were close to one that was still up and your contractor has a “piggy-back” clause written, or your tower didn’t go down. (US Cellular has invested into building only super large towers essentially, that puts out twice the range as a regular cell tower. T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, ect, all use regular towers, and all of them were out. Only AT&T and US Cellular people had service during the first few days of the black out because AT&T had a piggy-back clause for US C’s towers.) We also learned very quickly who had priority on the power grids - hospitals and the housing systems with elderly who needed oxygen, and the company that supplies the oxygen. Hotels and businesses were shut-out just like residental people. It was an interesting nightmare. And it wasn’t isolated to just my rural area. Areas farther north and even within the city-centers were in black-out for days and weeks while the construction and repair crews had to: repair lines, clear downed lines, drain water from river surges, evacuated those who needed it, secure gas and power lines above and below ground, clear mudslides and clear trees. There’s actually some trees down on 101 and I-5 and other areas that have never been “cleared”, just pushed off the roadway and into the short brush.
Oooooh that’s very true about the black to make white stand out. You want your potential customer to feel like they’re the shiniest bulb in the box. I imagine the job is stressful then?