August 14, 2003

Not That Anyone Can Read This, But ...

It seems an absolute miracle that the electricity is still on here in southern New Hampshire, but here at Casa Ben we're without cable television. Fortunately, we still have electricity, unlike most of the east.

The outage was first reported on the AP wires as of 4:23 p.m. Television images showed -- well, when I had access to TV, over at work -- thousands upon thousands of people streaming out of New York City. Power outages have been reported in New York City, much of upstate New York, northwestern Pennsylvania, northern Ohio including Toledo and Cleveland, the metropolitan Detroit area, and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey. Also affected are Toronto, Ottawa and some Vermont towns are also without power.

Amazing how calm and orderly everything is in the cities. Still, I don't think we've seen this kind of disruption to the nation's business since Sept. 11. What a huge mess! However, this is NOT repeat NOT a terror attack.

Air traffic in and out of Cleveland and the three major New York-area airports has been temporarily halted. However, incoming flights are being allowed to land.

Weirdly, power is out in the southeast suburbs of Cleveland, but brother Jesse in Akron reports that he still has power at his apartment. However, the University of Akron is without power.

Here's hoping everyone in the affected areas is all right and stays all right until the power is restored. That may not be until late this evening, according to New York authorities.

UPDATE: Twenty million people are affected due to the blackout, Drudge reports. The Washington Post has a not-too useful map.

Also, Drudge has helpfully provided the sunset times in New York and Detroit. Gee, thanks for reminding us.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at August 14, 2003 06:26 PM | TrackBack

Good luck to you all.

I honestly didn't know a blackout could be so widespread. I turned on ABCNews WNT and heard Ted Koppel's voice as I watched people milling around NYC.


For the first, oh, minute, I was thinking "intentional attack," then I thought "MSBlaster?". But I guess these things just happen?

I guess this will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Posted by: Kevin White at August 14, 2003 06:41 PM

ABCNews is reporting fifty-million affected.

Posted by: Kevin White at August 14, 2003 08:22 PM