December 2, 2003

Huge Outage Hits MA

A huge power outage hit the region last evening.

The outage hit while I was still at work. I was about to sent an email to Ryan about some code that affects an issue he's looking into when the lights went off. My UPS prevented the computer from shutting down right away, but I wasn't able to send the mail. I had to use a flashlight to scrawl a note on the white board. So low tech!

At least it was an excuse to hit the road. I was shocked at the extent of the outage as I drove away. There was chaos at the intersection of Cross Street and Rte. 6 in Dartmouth, but I made it to the highway without too much trouble. West of Dartmouth appeared relatively unaffected. Fall River and Somerset had electricity. When I got home, Julie was on the phone with Maggie. She was, unfortunately, in the dark.

On the bright side, it lasted just around 90 minutes. But such a widespread outage is more than a little scary, especially if your heat depends on electricity.

Related stories:
Rush-hour outage hits 300,000 (New Bedford Standard Times)
Widespread power outages on Cape Cod, southeastern Massachusetts (

Posted by James at December 2, 2003 3:57 AM
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I love how Cedar Street always seems to figure into every article I read about bad stuff in New Bedford.

But I also loved how they made a dig at Nstar. :)

Posted by: julie at December 2, 2003 10:12 PM

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