The clock at the South Norwalk train station waiting room is stopped at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 14, 2003, in South Norwalk, Conn., as commuters wait for trains. Power flickered across Connecticut and some areas of the state lost electric service completely Aug. 14.
Shari Rucinski from Newtown, Conn., traveling with her husband, Ed, works a cell phone, trying to contact her children after the blackout cancelled their flight, at Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, Conn., Aug. 14, 2003. The couple were going to New Orleans via Pittsburgh for a friend's surprise 50th birthday party.
City of Stamford Department of Traffic workers prepare temporary stop signs Aug. 14, 2003, in Stamford, Conn. Power flickered across Connecticut and some towns lost service completely.
Sergio Laear sits stranded at the Fairfield, Conn., train station platform, waiting for a train during a major power blackout Aug. 14, 2003. Laear works in Fairfield, and was trying to get home to Stamford, Conn.
Victoria Towers residents sit outside with their flashlights during the power blackout Aug. 14, 2003, in Meriden, Conn.
The Ocean State Job Lot in Meriden, Conn., was one of many businesses closed Aug. 14, 2003, due to a massive power outage that stretched from New York to Detroit and into Canada.
A man looks up at the board in Union Station in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 15, 2003, displaying train schedules. Most trains on the line from New Haven to New York were either cancelled or delayed indefinitely due to the massive power failure that swept the northeast Aug. 14.
People read, as others napped or sat quietly in the waiting room at Union Station in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 15, 2003. Trains were either delayed or canceled at New Haven due to the blackout.
New York bound passengers have their luggage loaded aboard a bus outside Union Station in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 15, 2003. Buses were supplied as a substitute for trains.
The McDonald's on Boston Post Road in Fairfield, Conn., remains dark after the power returned to the area Aug. 14, 2003. A sudden blackout robbed electricity from millions of people across a vast swath of the northern United States and southern Canada.