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Thursday, August 14, 2008

2003 blackout just a shadowy memory

In New York City, the power outage left people sweltering in subways and offices with evening temperatures in the 90s. (AP photo)

By Ed Stannard, Register Metro Editor

It was the biggest blackout ever in North America, but for many in southern Connecticut, it’s just a hazy summer memory.

Five years ago today (Aug. 14, 2003), overgrown trees in Ohio hit four power lines, triggering a blackout at about 4 p.m. that brought down the electrical systems in eight states and the province of Ontario.

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