Today in history: Massive blackout hits Northeast US states

A Look Back at New York City During 2003 Blackout

Twelve years ago the second most widespread blackout in history left a great part of the Northeast and Midwest of the country without power. While some areas managed to restore the electricity in a few hours, many people did not get their power back until two days later.

The blackout affected some areas of Canada as well with a total of 10 million Canadians and 45 million Americans left without power.

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As Time points out, currently the grid is still vulnerable to failure:



Were you living in a Northeastern state when the blackout hit? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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