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Sunday 23 July 2006

Ten of thousands of New Yorkers without electricity for a week!

I haven't seen this story reported at all in the UK media, but I happened to come across this New York Times article. The power cuts in Queens have apparently been caused by lightning strikes.

Whilst power cuts almost never happen here (in the UK), and when they do are either scheduled or mercifully brief, I grew accustomed to regular power cuts when I lived in Vietnam and a number of other countries, although I don't ever recall them lasting for as long as a week. However they were very frequent, so all sensitive equipment (computers, etc) had to be protected with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices - this was the only way to prevent regular costly replacements being required.

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