Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Manhattan power outages are crippling subway service

The New York City Fire Department said a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue affected more than 44,000 customers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broadway.

ConEd says there are 42,000 without power on the west side of Manhattan.

The Twitter account for NY subways said the agency is working to keep trains moving and will bypass affected stations.

This clip posted to social media shows part of the Manhattan skyline in the dark after a massive power outage hit midtown. But that number refers to sites; buildings and addresses and does not include the power disruption to the subways, traffic lights, and the obvious shuttering of electronic access and egress points, elevators and the like.

The Fire Department of NY said it was responding to multiple calls of people stuck in elevators.

"We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan", Con Ed said in a tweet. "We will provide updates as we receive them". Con Edison had not yet responded to calls for comment, but tweeted that they were responding to a "widespread power outage".

New Yorkers shared scenes from the city on Saturday as the lights went out across Manhattan.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan". The MTA urged residents "to avoid below-ground subway stations" until Con Edison could restore power.

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The MTA advised people to stay away from underground stations.

As darkness fell just before 9 p.m. (0100 GMT), people on the Upper West Side had to use their mobile phone flashlights to negotiate normally brightly lit streets, while there were reports of people trapped in building elevators without power.

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

Across the city, as traffic lights went down, New Yorkers took the situation into their own hands and began directing traffic. "Backup generators in one small studio", she tweeted. The Times Square billboards were also down.

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Ironically, the power outage falls on the same day as the 1977 blackout that lasted 25 hours, after a bolt of lightening struck an electrical substation.

"Power out in all of Hell's Kitchen area and apparently east to Rockefeller Center".

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