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Old 08-14-2003, 07:54 PM   #31
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Maybe the Worm Virus?
Actually, that's the first thought I had. Th Canadian's are stating that they believe there was a lightning strike that caused the whole thing.
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Old 08-14-2003, 08:07 PM   #32
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The Washington Post is also reporting that the outage was caused by lightning strikes.

Power Outages Hit N.E. United States, Canada
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Old 08-14-2003, 09:23 PM   #33
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I'm on Long Island, and my power went back on about a half-hour ago.
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Old 08-14-2003, 09:42 PM   #34
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Reporting from Toronto, still no power.

1:36 remaining on my laptop battery, then I will once again be dead to the world.

It's so eerie outside, it's quiet and pitch black. I can see the stars. It's not an all together pleasant feeling, I must say.
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Old 08-14-2003, 10:23 PM   #35
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1977, the last major power black out in New York. I conceived my first son then. I live in the deep South.
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Old 08-14-2003, 10:38 PM   #36
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http://www.cmpco.com/about/system/blackout.html

[Q]The Event

The Great Northeast Blackout of November 9, 1965 began at 5:16 p.m., near the end of an otherwise typical work day.


The event started at the Ontario - New York border, near Niagara Falls.


A single transmission line from the Niagara generating station tripped (opened).


Within 2.5 seconds, five other transmission lines became overloaded and tripped, isolating 1,800 MW of generation at Niagara Station.


After their isolation, the generators became unstable and tripped off-line.


The northeast power system became unstable and separated into isolated power systems (islands) within 4 seconds.


Outages and islanding occurred throughout New York, Ontario, most of New England, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Most islands went black within 5 minutes, due to imbalances between generation and load (generator overspeed/underspeed tripping).


The massive blackout left 30 million people without electricity for as long as 13 hours.

This was "the big one" and it all started with the operation of a simple overcurrent relay on a transmission line. The design and operation of electric utility systems changed after that, due to the lessons that were learned from this event.[/Q]
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cheer up!


it's not that bad with no lights and all...i mean seeing the stars really can be humbling!

hope you get through the night ok
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I bet it was those crazy Noo Yawkers puting their Christmas lights up too early.


Hope you all get power back soon.
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That's what you get for having air conditioners.

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Old 08-15-2003, 07:22 AM   #40
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I'm on Long Island, and my power went back on about a half-hour ago.

Are you serious? I'm also on LI and I got my power back at about 6:45 AM!!!

My friends and I were at the beach, near a power plant, and at about 4:15, we heard this deep rumbling sound that kind of sounded like a plane taking off, or a loud explosion(hard to explain), and then we saw this cloud of black smoke come out of the smokestack. It did it again a minutelater, but not as loud, and with less smoke. We thought it was bad, but we didn't realize how bad! My friend and I then got stranded in a town about 45 minutes away from where we live for 3 hours
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I bet it was those crazy Noo Yawkers puting their Christmas lights up too early.
Silly Australian ....let me teach you a lesson:

It is quite common to be an Italian-New Yorker and never take down your Christmas lights. It is festive tradition.
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Old 08-15-2003, 08:18 AM   #42
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Pffft! Let me learn You something, you crazy yank. A tradition is something which happens at a given regular interval. It can't be no stinkin tradition if its permanent!
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Silly, the tradition is the annual discussion of the "Why are your Christmas lights still up?" question.
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the power went on at home here on LI at around 4 in the mornin' or so... but work is still in the dark... so that means 2 things...

1. 3-day weekend...

2.

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HEY! My Christmas lughts are still up and I'm not a New-Yawker....

But I am Italian.

I shouldn't bve saying this.
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