Ok, I"m from New Jersey, and as you may have heard we've been hit pretty bad. ...After spending 3 days in the dark and cold... I've had some time to ponder. My question is a very basic one. I know that many phone lines and wires are put underground. That's why you see the Bell logo on many manholes. This protects against any damage. So my question is..after storm many storms, why not put electrical lines underground? Wouldn't this prevent like 90% of the outtages? And also, what really causes outtages? Is it downed tree's that fall on cables? I thought this as well, but just today, the power in my house, my friends out the next town over, and my girlfriend's house, which is miles away, all got power back at the same time? So what happened here? Clearing they didn't move one tree and miraculously we all got power again. So is there an electrical plant somewhere that was damaged? When power goes out in wide spread area's like what we had here, is it usually the electrical plant that is out?