About 50 million people lost power Aug. 14, 2003, when a tree branch in Ohio started an outage that cascaded across a broad swath from Michigan to New England and Canada. Commuters in New York City and elsewhere had to sleep on steps, hitchhike or walk home as trains were rendered powerless and gas pumps stopped working; food spoiled as refrigerators and freezers thawed; jugs of water sold out as supply plants lost their ability to supply consumers; minds were set to wandering about terrorism fears less than two years after 9/11. Ten years later, The Associated Press asked several people: Where were you during the blackout of 2003? SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING … BLACK? Lysa Stanton is still known as the Blackout Bride around Cleveland. Ten years ago, she was handling a last-minute errand with her future husband before their wedding the next day when the traffic signals and storefronts went dark. Office workers and shoppers began streaming into parking lots. “It was eerie,” she remembered. “All of sudden everyone came out. That’s what scared me.”’ Instead of having dinner with the wedding party that evening, she was looking for flashlights, can openers and batteries. “To some people this was… Read full this story
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