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In 2003, a blackout engulfed the northeastern United States.
John Dooley, vegetation manager for the western district of TVAâ€™s coverage area, said this blackout affected 50 million people, led to 11 deaths, and cost an estimated $6 billion. There were initial fears that the blackout resulted from a terrorist attack, he said, but its actual point of origin turned out to be a single downed tree.
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