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10 Years Since 2003 Northeast Blackout

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    Cars head over the Brooklyn Bridge beside a blacked out New York City skyline August 14, 2003 during a power outage. The New York City comptroller William Thompson estimated August 18, 2003 that the blackout cost the city $1.05 billion including $250 million in perishable food that had to be discarded. The cost does not include overtime to city workers or lost tax revenue. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    Stranded commuter Joe Thompson reads a newspaper in Grand Central Station during a massive blackout August 15, 2003 in New York City. Power is slowly returning to certain parts of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    Brooklyn residents eat by candlelight August 14, 2003 in a Brooklyn restaurant during a major power outtage affecting a large part of the north eastern United States and Canada. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security said there were no indications that terrorists were responsible for the blackout that has also affected Ohio, and Canada (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)
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    All lights are out in Times Square during the East Coast blackout August 14, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
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    A police officer climbs out of a subway tunnel after searching for people trapped beneath during a massive blackout August 14, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    A televison frame grab shows areas affected by an electricity blackout in New York August 14, 2003. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security said there were no indications that terrorists were responsible for the blackout that has also affected New York, Ohio, and Canada. (Photo by CNN via Getty Images)
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    People sell beer on the street during a massive blackout August 14, 2003 in New York City. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security said there were no indications that terrorists were responsible for the blackout that has also affected Ohio, and Canada. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    People walk down Brooklyn Bridge during a massive blackout August 14, 2003 in New York City. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security said there were no indications that terrorists were responsible for the blackout that has also affected Ohio, and Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Fickies/Getty Images)
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    People watch a news ticker reading 'Power Outage is The Biggest in US History' in Times Square during a massive blackout August 15, 2003 in New York City. Power is slowly returning to certain parts of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    Travelers are lit by an emergency floodlight in Grand Central Station during a massive blackout August 15, 2003 in New York City. Power is slowly returning to certain parts of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    A woman holds her dog whilst she stands next to a flare during a massive blackout August 15, 2003 in New York City. Power is slowly returning to certain parts of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    People shop in a store by candlelight in New York City the day after one of the largest blackouts in the nations history August 15, 2003 In New York. Power went out across large parts of the East Coast of North America Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    NOAA satellite images show the contrast of light coverage comparisons on an ordinary evening (L) 9:21 PM Eastern time on August 13, 2003, and after the U.S. history's worst blackout (R) 9:03 PM Eastern time on August 15, 2003 in North America. Millions of Americans and Canadians were without power for more than 24 hours. (Photo by NOAA/Getty Images)
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    A store stands close due to the power outage August 15, 2003 in New York City. Power went out across the East Coast of the U.S and Canada August 14 and have been slowly coming back online in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    Stranded Air Canada passengers rest on cots inside LaGuardia Airport August 15, 2003 in New York City. Major airlines were forced to delay or cancel flights due to a huge power outage August 14 in the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada. (Photo by Anthony Correia/Getty Images)
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    A man sits on a mostly deserted beach at Coney Island August 18, 2003 in New York City. New York City beaches were closed by the health department at least through today after a sewage treatment plant dumped 120 million gallons of raw sewage into the East River because of breakdowns at plants related to last week's blackout. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    A vendor stands in his candlelit store window with signs reading 'We Have Water' and 'Sold Out Flashlights Batteries Candles' during a massive blackout August 15, 2003 in New York City. Power is slowly returning to certain parts of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)