Where we you on this day, ten years ago, back in 2003?
If you answered ‘in the dark’ you are correct!
It was this day, late in the afternoon, back on August 14 of 2003 a tree branch in Ohio touched a hydro line and set off a series of cascading power outages across Eastern North America.
The chain of events that soon followed darkened computer screens and lights, brought commuter transportation to a standstill, shutting down businesses and homes affecting 50 million in both Canada and the U.S. within minutes. And no A/C!
Is our power grid any more safe now?
Apparently so, but the reduction in brown outs and black outs of a couple of years ago is largely due to more efficiency and a sluggish economy rather than upgrading the grid.
So can a single tree branch bring down so many again, not likely.
But even experts say there are no guarantees, especially when the only thing separating a squirrel from its nuts, is a power line.
I’m Scott Thompson.