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Subject: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: whistledog on 04/30/06 at 1:43 am

Were you affected by it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_North_America_blackout

It was the largest Blackout in North American history.  It affected 10 Million people in Canada and about 40 Million people across 8 US States  :o

It's somewhat uncanny .. just seconds before the blackout hit, I was sitting at work talking to one of my co-workers how great it would be to have like a week off.  It WAS nice having that time off from work, but having no power wasn't all that great.  I'm certainly glad it was not winter time when it hit.  It would have been just like Ice Storm '98

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Sister Morphine on 04/30/06 at 2:03 am

I wasn't, but I knew plenty of people who were.  I find these pictures to be the most fascinating:

Before

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/17/2003-blackout-before-small.jpg


After

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/2003-blackout-after-small.jpg


Just look at how much electricity is gone.  The entire state of Vermont is dark!

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Donnie Darko on 04/30/06 at 2:34 am


I wasn't, but I knew plenty of people who were.  I find these pictures to be the most fascinating:

Before

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/17/2003-blackout-before-small.jpg


After

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/78/2003-blackout-after-small.jpg


Just look at how much electricity is gone.  The entire state of Vermont is dark!


When was it ever bright?  ;D

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Sister Morphine on 04/30/06 at 3:05 am


When was it ever bright?  ;D



;D

As "out in the sticks" as Vermont may seem, I'm sure they had electricity before the blackout.  It just seemed odd to see a state with some bright spots in it and then suddenly they're gone.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: CatwomanofV on 04/30/06 at 1:12 pm

Yeah, I remember that and what I remember about it is that we (here in Vermont) DID NOT LOSE electricty. We had a power surge and that was it. Let me see if I can remember what happened. When things in Quebec went out, the way our system works, everything kicked over to a back-up system. As for those pictures, that could have been taken as we had the power surge.




Cat

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 04/30/06 at 1:22 pm

wow, I don't even remember this happening.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: bbigd04 on 04/30/06 at 2:54 pm

Oh yea I remember it well. It was a hot steamy august evening, we didn't have power for about 12 hours.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Matt the Rat76 on 04/30/06 at 6:45 pm

I remember that also I was watching tv then the lights went out and I was freaked but power was restored in michigan I should say I was living in michigan at the time during 2003 blackout

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: whistledog on 05/01/06 at 12:42 am

I had no power for about a week.  It was the worst week ever.  When you don't have any power, you really realize just how much that Power is a crucial part of our lives today.  It's any wonder how people eons ago lived without it

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: JamieMcBain on 05/01/06 at 1:11 am

It really effected where I work.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Howard on 08/14/15 at 2:52 pm

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the North American Blackout, who here remembers it?

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Baltimoreian on 08/14/15 at 2:58 pm

I don't think I remember the 2003 North American blackout, and I don't think I never will.  :(

EDIT: Come to think of it, I only remember 2003 as the first year that I used the Internet and that I went it was one of my preschool years. Hell, I think 2003 was just an extension to 2002.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Howard on 08/14/15 at 3:27 pm


I don't think I remember the 2003 North American blackout, and I don't think I never will.  :(

EDIT: Come to think of it, I only remember 2003 as the first year that I used the Internet and that I went it was one of my preschool years. Hell, I think 2003 was just an extension to 2002.


I can remember well, I just came off the bus from my vocational program in Manhattan and when I got off the bus and the street lights were out, it was almost pitch black and when I came home, it was dark without A/C until a day later when power was restored.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Baltimoreian on 08/14/15 at 3:29 pm


I can remember well, I just came off the bus from my vocational program in Manhattan and when I got off the bus and the street lights were out, it was almost pitch black and when I came home, it was dark without A/C until a day later when power was restored.


You had only a day without power? Wow. But I really don't know if I lost power or not (even though I was a toddler back then), since I lived in New York City.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 08/14/15 at 4:08 pm

Yeah I remember, we had to use candles and flash lights that night to see what was going on. I also remember sitting outside with my next door neighbors and we were just playing, talking, and having fun all night long  8)

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Howard on 08/15/15 at 7:27 am


You had only a day without power? Wow. But I really don't know if I lost power or not (even though I was a toddler back then), since I lived in New York City.


I think it was, maybe a day and a half but the bad part was that our Family, we all had to sleep without air conditioner for a day or so. From what I remember August 14th was a Thursday and I think my day off was the next day so I was lucky to have power restored on my off day.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Howard on 08/15/15 at 7:32 am


Yeah I remember, we had to use candles and flash lights that night to see what was going on. I also remember sitting outside with my next door neighbors and we were just playing, talking, and having fun all night long  8)


Were you able to go to sleep? What was the temperature that day?

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 08/15/15 at 10:27 am


Were you able to go to sleep? What was the temperature that day?


From what I remember it was pretty humid, but I was able to go to sleep albeit very late  ;D

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/15 at 10:30 am

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1426555!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/blackout.jpg

Cars try to navigate their way through New York City during a blackout. 2003.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Howard on 08/15/15 at 5:56 pm


From what I remember it was pretty humid, but I was able to go to sleep albeit very late  ;D


I had trouble falling asleep but at least I had the fan going.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Shemp97 on 08/15/15 at 6:20 pm

I remember. I was at home and it lasted for about a day or two. Had to light candles and everything. Kinda annoying it didn't happen during the school year.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Baltimoreian on 08/17/15 at 8:53 am

I bet everyone was happy that their power was back on from this day, 12 years ago.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/17/15 at 8:57 am


I bet everyone was happy that their power was back on from this day, 12 years ago.
A few years back, at one of my employments, we had a power cut, and everyone (all computer based) cheered with delight, and after a hour or so the power came back on, and we all groaned.

Subject: Re: The 2003 North American Blackout

Written By: Howard on 08/17/15 at 3:58 pm


I bet everyone was happy that their power was back on from this day, 12 years ago.


It was great to have power back on after a day and a half and I couldn't wait to have the A/C back on too.

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