Where were you for the 16 years ago for the 2003 blackout?

Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 18:24:31-04

(WXYZ) — Even 16 years later, people remember where they were and how the 2003 blackout affected them in metro Detroit.

There were no street lights, no traffic signals, gas stations open for business were hard to find, and the same with grocery stores.

The weather was hot, tempers were flaring, water was a hot commodity with some people fighting over supplies.

This was just two years after the 911 attacks so some people thought this was another act of terrorism.

It turns out a high power line in Akron, Ohio came in contact with a tree limb and a computer error caused the outage to cascade through 8 states and southern Ontario. 55 million people were affected.

The lessons learned, keep trees trimmed. We have power outages during storms because tree limbs bring down power lines. And the grid has been studied and improved so we are told this is not as likely to happen again.