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Northeast / Blackout of 2003 #735512

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 15, 2003
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(Studio: Claire Shipman) The continuing impact of the biggest blackout in US history noted; NOAA's before & after images from space shown. [In California, President BUSH - comments.]

(Studio: Brian Ross) The FBI investigation focusing on one transmission line outside Cleveland, Ohio, one hour before the blackout began featured; timetable given of the start with a power outage at General Motors plants in Lansing, Michigan & the failure of an Ohio company top separate from the power grid. [SoftSwitching Technologies CEO Deepak DIVAN†- cites the initial disturbances & the ripple effect; suggests what might have happened if the problem was isolated in Ohio.] [North American Electric Reliability Council Michehl GENT†- says the system is designed to isolate itself, but it spread.] How this "runaway freight train" was stopped at a power grid control center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, noted.

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Report introduced.

(New York: Bob Woodruff) The problems for New Yorkers without power reviewed; scenes shown from around the city; details given of the chaos last night, but with minor looting. [Three PEOPLE - comment on what is happening.] [Governor George PATAKI - declares state parks & beaches free.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Report introduced.

(Detroit: Ron Claiborne) The problems for Detroit, mostly closed due to the power outage, reviewed; scenes shown of lines at a gas station, from an open supermarket & the street. [Two MEN - comment.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) The water crisis due to the blackout noted.

(Cleveland: Barbara Pinto) Cleveland's loss of its water supply due to the electricity outage featured; details given about the power-related inconveniences. [Three WOMEN, Mayor Jane CAMPBELL†- lament the water loss.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) The blackout in Canada reported; scenes shown from the streets.

(Washington: Geoff Morrell) The problems for air travellers due to the blackout examined; statistics cited on flight cancellations & lost revenue. [In airport, WOMAN - complains.] [Air Transport Assn. James MAY†- outlines the problems at airports dependent on electricity.] [Amtrak spokesman Clifford BLACK†- discourages people from travelling to New York.]

Shipman, Claire;
Ross, Brian;
Woodruff, Bob;
Claiborne, Ron;
Pinto, Barbara;
Morrell, Geoff

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