This year marks the ten year anniversary of a massive electrical blackout labeled one the biggest blackouts in U.S. History. About 50 million people in the United States and Canada were left without power in the northeast United States. Click to see photos from that day.
The Empire State Building towers over the skyline of a blackout-darkened New York City just before dawn. Power lines from Jersey City, N.J. are in foreground. Analysts say changes made in the electric grid in the aftermath of the blackout make a similar outage unlikely today, through shifts in where and how power is generated raise new concerns for the U.S. electric grid system.
The Statue of Liberty is lit, but the New York City skyline behind it is mostly dark during a wide-spread power outage on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003.
Commuters sleep on the steps of the Central Post Office in New York after being stranded following a massive electrical blackout on Aug. 15, 2003. About 50 million people lost power for two days starting on Aug. 14, 2003, when a tree branch touching high-power transmission lines in Ohio started an outage that cascaded across a broad swath from Michigan to New England to Quebec.
Passengers on their way home from work found themselves stranded inside the New York City subway train during the 2003 blackout. It was around 90 degrees outside, one of the hottest days last summer.
Grand Central Terminal in New York is nearly empty after being evacuated due to the blackout on Aug. 14, 2003
Traffic is blocked along First Avenue in Manhattan after the blackout knocked out power In New York.
A worker carries a fresh load of batteries into a gas station convenience store in Royal Oak, Michigan on August 15, 2003, after their supply was exhausted by a rush of people during the worst blackout in the United States.
A woman looks over a limited supply of meat at a supermarket in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York. Due to the lack of power, the supermarket had to throw away meat and dairy products that spoiled.
Travelers wait in line at JFK Airport on August 15, 2003 in New York City. The blackout shutdown the northeast, part of the Midwest and Canada causing millions to suffer through one of the hottest days of the summer that year.
A family eats and sleeps on the floor of the Lester B. Pearson Airport after their flight was cancelled due to power outages on August 15, 2003 in Toronto, Canada. Many continue to wait in long lines to re-book tickets for cancelled flights that continued to affect parts of Canada and the U.S.
A stranded traveler sleeps in the baggage claim area at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 in New York. Flight delays at airports stranded travelers for up to 48 hours or more.
Improvising in the blackout, a Lubavitcher college student powers his laptop computer off a car battery on Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Less than half of customers in the city's five boroughs had power on this day except for most of Staten Island.
Hungry people line up for vendor food on the streets in downtown Toronto, Canada on August 14, 2003. The Northeast United States and parts of Canada were without power during the huge 2003 blackout .
A taxi moves down Broadway through New York's Times Square at dawn on August 15, 2003. Executives at some of the nation's largest power generators fear the U.S. could run short on electricity if it does not quickly spend more on infrastructure projects.