Published: Sun, July 14, 2019

Manhattan Power Outage Knocks out Subways, Elevators

Manhattan Power Outage Knocks out Subways, Elevators

New York, citing the Con Edison power outage map, reports over 44,000 customers are without power.

NEW YORK -Authorities say a transformer fire caused a power outage in Manhattan and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

A large power outage has been reported throughout Midtown, Hell's Kitchen, and Upper Manhattan.

The power outage comes on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 Blackout which plunged most of New York City into two days of darkness.

The CBS Broadcast Center was affected and turned to generator power.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa on Saturday, tweeted that the police and fire departments and other city agencies were working to respond a manhole fire that caused the outage. Manhattanhenge began at 8:20 p.m. local time.

Aisling Tomei, a TV host in Canada who was in NY for the weekend, also shared video of citizens directing traffic as the hours wore on and the city grew darker.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson confirmed various train disruptions: "MTA is reporting that the outage is directly disrupting service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx".

"From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem and one, again, that sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable period of time", de Blasio said.

'Several stations are now without power and are being bypassed by all trains, ' it posted on Twitter. The MTA urged residents "to avoid below-ground subway stations" until Con Edison could restore power. Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.

The blackout also forced the evacuation of a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden. "It's completely dark (in the station); people were coming up using their flashlights on their phones".

"We're trying to get people out of subways".

The outage occurred on the 42nd anniversary of a NY blackout that crippled almost the entire city during a heat wave on July 13, 1977. The power was gradually restored throughout the next day.

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