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08/14/2003 09:15:22 PM · #1
I just found out there is a massive power outage in the north east, about 50,000 people are out. I lost my power shortly after 4pm for about 2 - 3 minutes. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones.
08/14/2003 09:16:42 PM · #2
I wonder how this will affect the voting?
08/14/2003 09:22:56 PM · #3
Try 50 million!!! All of Ontario is out as well as NY Boston, New Jersey...... :-( I'm OK here in Hull..... fffffew!
08/14/2003 09:28:10 PM · #4
power is out here in the city that never sleeps. hopefully it'll be back tomorrow. thankfully it is just the electric, not the gas and stuff. well i'm off to have my candle light dinner. haha.

hope everyone is okay.
08/14/2003 09:49:14 PM · #5
yeah....I forgot 3 0's.....lol
08/14/2003 09:51:08 PM · #6
I'm in Rockland County NY just North of New Jersey on the west side of the Hudson River. Our power has just come back on and was off for about 5 hours. I was at my camera store in Westwood NJ when the power went off and I immediately heard someone say that it had also gone off in Somerset NJ --- quite some miles away. Should have immediately known that it was fairly widespread. Driving home there were no traffic lights but people were courteous in spite of the 90+ degree heat. Normally I work in Manhattan but was off today for some doctor's appointments. My wife works in Manhattan too and this evening I drove to Weehawken, NJ to pick her up after she got across the Hudson River on the ferry. Gonna be a v-e-r-y long night for some people!

Message edited by author 2003-08-14 21:53:01.
08/14/2003 10:03:04 PM · #7
I live in central Connecticut. I am a computer geek(nerd) at heart and have an uninteruptable power supply(ups) for my computer. It's a battery backup thing. So when the power went out I didn't know right away. My computer will stay on for about 45 minutes on the batteries. the ups beeps when the power goes out. That is what clued me in.
08/14/2003 10:05:17 PM · #8
Could make some good desolation pictures. Stay safe.

Message edited by author 2003-08-14 22:06:28.
08/14/2003 10:15:18 PM · #9
This has got to be a once in a lifetime chance to take some shots of the NY skyline without all the lights. That'll make for an eerie look. Anybody in NY post some pics.
08/14/2003 10:22:33 PM · #10


there were shots on the news of times square lit only by headlights. i'd love to see more shots of that and the like...

08/14/2003 10:30:22 PM · #11
Does anybody from NYC have an update??? I kept on contacting my brother (who's on Sullivan St of Spring St station) but no answer. Is the power back on?


I understand that there's limited distribution, and parts of NYC are still in the dark. Am I correct? I'm trying to make something up for my Mom in the Philippines who's a worry wart... and I couln't personally tell this to her as I am in Hong Kong.
[edit]Message edited by author 2003-08-14 22:38:24.

08/14/2003 11:28:49 PM · #12
Originally posted by Nickls:

This has got to be a once in a lifetime chance to take some shots of the NY skyline without all the lights. That'll make for an eerie look. Anybody in NY post some pics.


How is anybody in NY gonna see this post before the lights come back on?

-Terry
08/14/2003 11:37:28 PM · #13
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

Originally posted by Nickls:

This has got to be a once in a lifetime chance to take some shots of the NY skyline without all the lights. That'll make for an eerie look. Anybody in NY post some pics.


How is anybody in NY gonna see this post before the lights come back on?

-Terry


There is supposedly limited power distribution. Though I'm not getting through to my brother.
08/15/2003 12:56:03 AM · #14
Originally posted by chalcone:

Does anybody from NYC have an update??? I kept on contacting my brother (who's on Sullivan St of Spring St station) but no answer. Is the power back on?



acording to the theater websites manhatan is still out. and the bronx is back on...I know this isn't that much of a help to you. also land lines are overloaded still but working cell lines are for the most part not.
08/15/2003 01:06:26 AM · #15
With the blackout and the MS worm. Reminds us to save our work often and backup your files. You never know. Hours of work or the perfect shot can be lost.

It shows how we're still slaves to technology
08/15/2003 03:15:29 AM · #16
A friend from NY came online a couple hours ago, so I'm sure everyone over there will wake up to not only the sunshine, but precious artificial light ;)

I got lucky. I live in NW Michigan, not SE.
08/15/2003 05:25:52 AM · #17
My sister lives at home in upstate NY, about 11 miles from the Canadian border and she was online with her laptop and dialup connection.

She recently switched to a cable connection but still had the dialup. With the cable connection as you know she could not get on the internet with out power to the cable modem (No UPS).

We talked for a short while until her laptop battery was getting low.

With the heat wave she was not looking forward to trying to sleep without the fans or A/C.

For everyones sake I hope they get it fixed soon :)


Calvus

Message edited by author 2003-08-15 05:27:19.
08/15/2003 06:06:45 AM · #18
Thanks for the updates. I finally got in touch with my brother - just NOW (around 6 AM, EST). Still no power - this is already the 14th hour. I hope it's not what we all fear it could be. Take care y'all.
08/15/2003 06:25:29 AM · #19
DID anyone get some night shots of NY City lights out, with just rivers of car lights?
08/15/2003 07:40:32 AM · #20
Originally posted by hortopth:

DID anyone get some night shots of NY City lights out, with just rivers of car lights?


i'm sure no one can upload them yet, but i would absolutely love to see it too.

i know this was kind of a "crisis," but compared to everything else we've all gone through the last few years this is relatively harmless. RELATIVELY.

we're just a few hours south of detroit and west of cleveland, but we're on the midwest grid so we're not affected. still, it's just amazing to me how widespread this is. i've got a brother in boston, but i've not been able to get a hold of him as of yet. i'm sure he's taking lots of shots and although he's not on this site i could try and get some later and post them.

just shows you how fragile all of this "technology" really is.

rob

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08/15/2003 12:23:16 PM · #21

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08/15/2003 01:51:31 PM · #22
I am on the very west most tip of the power outage. Our power went down down around 4:30 pm and was back on sometime before 6am.

I got a couple of shots of me sitting on my porch by candle light but am not sure how to post them here...
08/15/2003 02:16:47 PM · #23
Here is Toronto, we lost power at a little after 4:00 PM yesterday, it returned to some parts early this morning. They hope to get 50% of the city powered by tonight and about 2/3 of the province. They have mandated rolling blackouts for the rest of the weekend as they attempt to restart the grid. As well, Ontario is reported to be disconnecting from the US states in order to recover. Apparently they are have major surges and spikes upon start-up and it is causing additional cascading failures reaching further out west in both Canada and the USA.

I purchase a generator this morning. It was not easy. The stores were all closed and one kindly opened for me for 15 minutes to help me. Then they closed for the day. Besides, I bought the last one - a nice red Honda 3000 watt inverter model (so I can run the computers).

Next, was to get gas for the car, fill the gas can, and fuel the new generator in the back of the SUV, it took over two hours patiently in line at the service station. Tempers are flaring for some, but most folks are pretty civilized and very courteous to one another.

The neighbourhood was a sight to see last night as no one could watch TV. So, as we walked the dogs as we do every night, hundreds of neighbours were outside talking, walking, and enjoying the evening. A truly amazing event.

The stars were seen by everyone too. Not movie stars, the real ones up in the sky. Living in a major city, it is rare to view stars as the ambient light obliterates the night sky. But, not last night. It was wonderfully spectacular.

Well, I hope all are well. Now I must try to purchase batteries and portable lighting for tonight. The Province has called a State of Emergency, so there is not suppose to be any travel, but I just can not go to bed at 8 o'clock again, I need my DPC.

Simply incredible - just like in 1965!

08/15/2003 07:03:24 PM · #24
I think your description of your evening is wonderful. I hate that I can't see the stars at night. :( but how do you get a whole city to volunteer to turn off its light for one night? :)
08/15/2003 08:00:19 PM · #25
Originally posted by rmahan:

I'm in Rockland County NY just North of New Jersey on the west side of the Hudson River. Our power has just come back on and was off for about 5 hours.


I used to live in Nyack. I heard that the outage had hit Manhatten but had no idea it was that widespread. Not the best time of year to lose your air conditioning!

Message edited by author 2003-08-15 20:01:29.
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