BO in TO (Black Out In Toronto)

againnnnnnnnnnnnn you ask?? Yes, but not like the massive one from August 2003 and also not originating this time from south of the border.

Today, a widespread power outage hit Toronto.

The blackout began at 4:42 p.m. after a fire broke out at Hydro One’s Manby transformer station on Kipling Avenue south of Dundas St. W. Hydro One crews are still working to determine the cause of the fire

Then, the infamous August, 2003 blackout started around 4.11pm in downtown Toronto.

At 4:11 p.m. ET on Aug. 14, 2003, Ontario and much of the northeastern U.S. were hit by the largest blackout in North America’s history. Electricity was cut to 50 million people, bringing darkness to customers from New York to Toronto to North Bay.

Streetlights went out, subway trains stopped mid-tunnel and refrigeration equipment went dead. And while some electricity consumers had service restored by early the next morning, many areas remained in darkness well into the next day and even the one following.

Luckily, today the power is slowly being restored to all the affected areas unlike in 2003, when it took 3-4 days for full restoration.

Personal update: In 2003, my work timing used to be 7.30am to 3.30pm and so I left office at 3.30pm,  caught the 3.40pm TTC subway and reached my destination about the same time downtown Toronto was hit by the outage and chaos reined in.

Today, reacting to an email from GO transit about possible delays due to heatwave (yes, we are all on heat-wave alert from Monday to Wednesday, this week), I left office 10 minutes earlier than usual, took an earlier train and was on my way home when downtown Toronto plunged into blackout today.

I am doubly grateful to GOD that this was not me…!!


2 thoughts on “BO in TO (Black Out In Toronto)

  1. yeah,,,,,,,,, can you imagine me gropping around in the dark??

    I am clumsy as it is on broad daylight! Ha, ha ha indeed

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