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Power cut causes chaos in London
BBC ^ | 28 August 2003

Posted on 08/28/2003 11:44:35 AM PDT by Hal1950

A power cut is causing major disruption through London and the South East.

Train company Connex has reported the power is out between London and Ashford, affecting services through London Bridge, Victoria, Ashford, New Cross and Bromley.

No trains are running in south London, the area which has been hardest hit, and some Tube stations have been plunged into darkness.

Some commuters were stuck underground when the power went off at about 1815 BST.

London Underground has said the blackout was having a "serious impact on the whole system".

Buses are extremely busy as commuters abandon packed Tube platforms and some travellers are still believed to be trapped on Tube trains.

The spokesman added: "There will be travellers underground. I don't know the extent of that yet. It's at the end of rush hour, the peak period, so it's a busy time."

There have been reports of power returning in Clapham, south-west London.

Businesses and homes were plunged into darkness and traffic lights went out in Brixton, Battersea and London Bridge.

Sue Gill from EDF Energy said: "It seems that one of the National Grid circuits that feeds south London has failed.

"The National Grid are currently looking into it."

She added it was difficult to predict how long it would take to restore power.

Staff at St Thomas's Hospital, in south-east London are reportedly relying on back-up power generators.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said the power cut would not cause major problems.

He said: "All NHS hospitals have back up generators. They will be able to cope."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackouts

1 posted on 08/28/2003 11:44:36 AM PDT by Hal1950
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To: Hal1950
Cleearly Bush's fault!
2 posted on 08/28/2003 11:49:20 AM PDT by marlon
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To: marlon
If it DOES turn out that London undergoes a major power outage (not even two weeks after our Northeast main grids went down), DUBYA is definitely to blame!

God forbid that we should suspect terrorists.

3 posted on 08/28/2003 11:51:31 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (LIBERTY has arrived in Iraq - Now we can concentrate on HOLLYWEED!)
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To: marlon
My sister is probably approaching Heathrow right now. What a mess. Something told me this was not a good trip for her.
4 posted on 08/28/2003 11:51:40 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: OpusatFR
This would make the second SERIOUS disruption in and around Heathrow in less than one month. On July 19 I was stuck by the BA strike and could not get out at a reasonable price until July 21. I have to wonder, are terrorists / special ops from hostile countries fomenting and using these events to do major sabotage there or other wise set up for a major attack?
5 posted on 08/28/2003 11:55:11 AM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: belmont_mark; Ivan
"I have to wonder, are terrorists / special ops from hostile countries fomenting and using these events to do major sabotage there or other wise set up for a major attack?"

Naw - it's just a little tweaking by the power company. Right?

6 posted on 08/28/2003 12:00:24 PM PDT by Happy2BMe (LIBERTY has arrived in Iraq - Now we can concentrate on HOLLYWEED!)
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To: Hal1950
An everpresent hazard of our current society. We are totally dependent on electricity.

Perfect way for terrorists to disrupt and create chaos. If not now, look for it to happen later.

7 posted on 08/28/2003 12:00:55 PM PDT by Countyline
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To: Hal1950
Looks like the BBC hasn't yet decided if the blackout was caused by global warming or American unilateralism. Or did the Beeb just "sex up" the whole story?
8 posted on 08/28/2003 12:03:07 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Iron Horse)
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To: Hal1950
This is a duplicate post.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/972171/posts
9 posted on 08/28/2003 12:04:37 PM PDT by OPS4
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To: OpusatFR
But wait! This is a BBC article. We need other sources.
10 posted on 08/28/2003 12:08:30 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: YaYa123
No problem. I always verify with other sources before trusting the BBC, or the NYT or Newsweek, Time, and The WaPO!

11 posted on 08/28/2003 12:13:31 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: OPS4
No, this is a thread where you and _Jim are not blowing out bandwidth while everyone else tries to understand the situation.
12 posted on 08/28/2003 12:13:39 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: OPS4
It's an interesting thread but it seems differing opinions are not welcome. BYOTF

Some coincidences are a bit more difficult to just move on from than others. This might be one of those. The two major allies in the war in Iraq and against terrorism hit with power grid failures in a two week window of time. What are the odds? Anyone know the last time the UK was hit with a power failure?

13 posted on 08/28/2003 12:17:25 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: txflake
The blowing is about Cyber terror, which I believe is the cause. I did not know that this theory was far fetched enough to cause another thread. However, I have exhausted the subject matter, and I will err, on the side of caution,
and assume it is cyber terror, and will monitor and memo those who wish to keep up to date, in the coming days.

Ops4 God Bless America
14 posted on 08/28/2003 12:24:01 PM PDT by OPS4
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To: OpusatFR
Caution is our middle name, that's for sure, when believing information from the suspect sources you named. Thank goodness we have alternate sources now.

The worst offense of the left leaning media, is what they selectively choose not to report.

15 posted on 08/28/2003 12:29:20 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: Blue Atlas Cedar
"Something's" going on, seems like...

Sure - life ...

Why? Do you think mankind has all of a sudden gotten some sort of 'lock' on 100% reliability of large systems?

17 posted on 08/28/2003 12:47:25 PM PDT by _Jim (Resources for Understanding the Blackout of 2003 - www.pserc.wisc.edu/Resources.htm)
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To: OPS4
The blowing is about Cyber terror, which I believe is the cause.

Wasn't that your line on the other thread?

18 posted on 08/28/2003 12:48:15 PM PDT by _Jim (Resources for Understanding the Blackout of 2003 - www.pserc.wisc.edu/Resources.htm)
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To: Hal1950
UPDATE: London power controlled by the French ;)


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030828/wl_nm/energy_london_dc_9


"...A spokesman for French-owned firm EDF Energy, which supplies the British capital, said it appeared to be a problem with a cable feed from the national grid in the Wimbledon area in south London.
..."
19 posted on 08/28/2003 1:14:52 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Thanks, Shermy.
20 posted on 08/28/2003 1:37:50 PM PDT by _Jim (Resources for Understanding the Blackout of 2003 - www.pserc.wisc.edu/Resources.htm)
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To: _Jim
I heard on ABC radio news at the top of the hour that the power's coming back on. Anyone else hear anything?
21 posted on 08/28/2003 1:39:11 PM PDT by mewzilla
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