Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Power outages leave parts of New York's Manhattan in the dark

Power outages leave parts of New York's Manhattan in the dark

A manhole fire caused extensive power outages across Manhattan's west side early Saturday evening, plunging subway stations, Broadway theaters and department stores in the heart of the Big Apple into darkness on the 42nd anniversary - almost to the hour-of the 1977 blackout.

The Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of NY is dark after a transformer fire caused a power outage and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

Media reports indicate that thousands are without power in parts of Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan", the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter.

Tracks at the 66th Street station seen during a blackout caused by widespread power outages, in this still frame taken from video, in New York City, July 13, 2019.

Power was out in much of Rockefeller Center.

However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted to say that a manhole fire is responsible for the outage.

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According to the Con Edison website, over 41,000 customers have lost power throughout the city as of 8 p.m.

On Twitter, Con Edison described the outage as "extensive".

The city's subway system said it was working with utility Con Edison to determine the root cause of the outage, which it said was affecting Midtown and the Upper West Side.

"Several stations are now without power and are being bypassed by all trains", it posted on Twitter.

Street lights and traffic lights have been put out of action. The cast of the Tony-winning musical "Hadestown", including Tony-winning star André De Shields, performed for its would-be audience, plus anyone else who happened to be walking by. It advised people to stay away from underground stations.

A Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden was halted and disappointed fans had to be evacuated.

The company is advising people in the affected areas switch off or unplug electrical appliances to avoid potential damage to the appliances when power is restored.

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