Major power outage on US East Coast, Canada

From CNN

You gotta check out the footage from New York City. I haven't seen that big of a mess there since 9-11.

Yeah I''m just watching live feeds here in my office from New York. Holy sh*t thats crazy! It''s affecting so many states and people.

It''s like the outage from the 60s all over again.

Hope they get the power on before dark big cities are scary places without power.

You gotta love live TV news. Whether it''s Ramblin'' Dan Rather or the useless CNN information (""President Bush has been informed;"" What the hell is he going to do? Pedal a stationary cycle to generate electricity?).

I''d hate to be in a plane low on fuel trying to land in NY right now.

How''d you like to be one of those poor bastards stuck on the subways? Gah, that would suck!

"Drunkagain" wrote:

How''d you like to be one of those poor bastards stuck on the subways? Gah, that would suck!

Not near as much as the poor bastards stuck in the elevators!

I like the way all of the news anchors sound so dissapointed that it doesn''t appear to be caused by terrorists.

"Certis" wrote:

I like the way all of the news anchors sound so dissapointed that it doesn''t appear to be caused by terrorists.

The news anchors in New York want someone to blame for why their air conditioners don''t work in their studios.

"One_of_47" wrote:

Not near as much as the poor bastards stuck in the elevators!

Haven''t you ever seen the movies? Perfect strangers locked in an elevator for hours with nothing better to do. Hot stranded-in-elevator people action!

And now some news organizations are saying that the FBI is looking into whether or not the worm virus that came this week is involved. Okay...

The CNN scrolling world map looks like something is on fire in the background. Not good for people just tuning in.

I heard somewhere that nine months after the ''65 black out, there was a surge in births in the affected region. If the power stays out through the night, who wouldn''t be surprised it would happen again?

"Certis" wrote:

I like the way all of the news anchors sound so dissapointed that it doesn''t appear to be caused by terrorists.

You LIKE that? You''re one sick puppy, Certis!

In almost what became close to being a comedy of errors I was on the absolute LAST train out of NYC going home to PA. My train left at 4pm EST. 2 weeks ago I got stuck on an Amtrak train for 11 hrs leaving NYC (due to a power outage) but this time I was spared..

I arrived in Philly to a huge mess the entire board showed delayed...poor bastards. My wife still can''t believe how lucky this time I was.

I kept praying that power would hold up in NJ long enough to get us out of there.. it was like a movie..the Train moving faster than the grids going out behind it.

I was originally scheduled to be on the 5pm train but my meeting got done early so instead of hanging out I decided to see if I could make the 4pm..

If not I''d be wandering the streets looking for a hotel to crash in 95+ temperatures with no AC.

Damn, GameGuru, I remember you talking about the last fiasco...I''m very glad you made it out!

ugh just thinking about getting stuck on Amtrak under the river in the tunnel makes me sweat...

Good lord, even over a natural disaster you get finger pointing...

The Canadiens keep trying to explain it, the Americans keep refuting it.

A lightning strike in Niagara? The satellite photos show nary a cloud in the sky at the time.

Bush vows to get to the bottom of this.

""We will bring the burned fuses to justice or bring justice to the burned fuses.""

Update: Looting in Ottawa; other parts of Ontario.

Prime Minister Chretian has blamed it on violent television programming from America.

hahah. I think it is time to Liberate Canada from the evil socialist regime.:)

If it came from anyone other than Chretian I would care

I heard somewhere that nine months after the ''65 black out, there was a surge in births in the affected region. If the power stays out through the night, who wouldn''t be surprised it would happen again?

That''s destined to happen again. Or rather, it already did. Maybe not as significant as in aforementioned incident, but I guess it will be statistically notable.

I realized last night that the temperature in New York in ''65 was freezing cold (it was November) and it was early in the evening. Yesterday, it was in the 90s, with no A/C, everybody had to walk home, and the power still hasn''t come back. Not exactly what you''d consider to be the best conditions to get the women of New York and the other big cities in the mood.

New York is some what back up... dang, took me like 5hr to get home!

Power just went out at a large power plant here in the TN valley. I guess there is going to be ""aftershocks"" of this mess.

The amazing thing about this is the fact that crime actually dropped overnight last night in the American cities. There was no looting, only 4 burglaries in all of NYC, and everyone was generally peaceful and civil in the time of crisis.

Gives me faith in the character of the American people.

"JohnnyMoJo" wrote:

Gives me faith in the character of the American people.

Well, depends on the times. In ''65, everything was pretty quiet. In ''77, all hell broke loose. I''m willing to bet if this happened to Los Angeles, there''d be more rioting and looting than there was during the riots of ''93.

there''d be more rioting and looting than there was during the riots of ''93.

Says a lot about the character of the people of LA...

Also has to do with 9-11; New Yorkers no longer have an adversarial view of their fellow citizens and their police department.

I was driving home and all of the radio stations out of detroit area went down, then the traffic lights all turned off. People in general kept calm, and just used traffic lights like stop signs. Maybe we''re all just conditioned sheep, who knows. In order to get in contact with my wife I had to call her building''s voicemail system and forward a message from there. Her call back to me was cutoff halfway through. Little scary. Most of SE michigan was a parking lot, followed about 2 hours later by most of SE michigan having a big ol'' barbeque. About an hour after I got ours going and was grilling corn on cob and pork cutlets I started hearing pretty regular fire engines (my guess is people without lighter fluid thought gas might work just as well? Or other improvisations on cooking food theme.). It was a pretty surreal 24 hours. My ""free day off"" consisted of reading books, playing with the dogs, and eating a box of popcicles (they were melting and temps in house were 80+ and outside were 85+). About an hour before got power back a big storm went through, with lightning strikes all around our house (rattling the windows frequently). And then at 4:30pm the electricity went back on, as if someone had hit a big ""normal life"" switch somewhere.

For whatever reason we all seem to have this faith that things will get put back together and no big deal.