Scientists from the US and South Korea have launched a new programme that can predict power failures before hurricanes and natural events.

The programme is based on the information collected from power failures following catastrophes including Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan, in the Gulf Coast of the US, since the mid-1990s, writes Terradaily.

The study, which appears in the journal Risk Analysis, said the new modelling approach takes into account more environmental and power system infrastructure factors compared to earlier analysis.

The researchers said the approach offers more precise predictions of the number of power failures in each geographic region of a utility company’s service area.