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Northeast / Blackout / New York, New York / Connecticut #735477

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 14, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) A blackout, which was not caused by a terrorist act, affecting the northeastern US and parts of Canada reported; map shown of power outages; scenes shown from New York City.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The massive power outage featured; details given of concerns about people trapped in subways & elevators; affected cities listed; scenes shown from New York City. [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG – comments on the city’s calm actions.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New York: Ashleigh Banfield) Telephone report on the problems caused by the blackout presented; details given about difficulties with communication, traffic and ATM machines, and concerns about looting; scenes shown from New York City.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: George Lewis) The view from Los Angeles, which has endured power outages in the past, featured; details given about how power grids can fail. [Burbank Water and Power Fred FLETCHER††- explains what may have caused the failure.] The contribution of California’s power outages to Governor Gray Davis’s political troubles noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) The scope of the blackout reviewed; map shown; scenes shown of the Weehawken Ferry transporting commuters from New York City across the Hudson River to New Jersey.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The consensus among law enforcement agencies in Washington, DC, including the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, that terrorism was not involved in the power outage featured; details given about the FAA’s grounding of planes in the affected cities. The vulnerabilities in the power infrastructure and the coordination between federal, state & local agencies discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New York City: Rehema Ellis) The situation on the streets of New York City and how people are dealing with the emergency featured; details given about the reactions of police departments; scenes shown.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New Haven, Connecticut: Annie Rourke) The effect of the blackout on Connecticut featured; details given of the impact on commuter traffic from New York City; scenes shown from Union Station in New Haven.

(Studio: Brian Williams) What is known about the power failure reviewed.

(New York City: Ashleigh Banfield) Reactions in New York City and concerns about looting featured; scenes shown. The plight of people who work in tall buildings mentioned.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Live scenes shown via microwave signal of pedestrians crossing the 59th Street bridge; the pedestrian traffic on September 11 recalled. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s statement that he expects the city to be back to normal tomorrow noted.

(Miramar Air Base, California: Campbell Brown) The reaction of President Bush, who is in California, noted; details given about the communication between Bush and officials in Washington, DC, and about Bush’s plans to remain in California for a fund-raising event.

Williams, Brian;
Myers, Lisa;
Banfield, Ashleigh;
Lewis, George;
Williams, Pete;
Ellis, Rehema;
Rourke, Annie;
Brown, Campbell

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