Blackout in Midtown Manhattan

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

When the lights went out early Saturday evening, thousands of people streamed out of darkened Manhattan buildings, crowding Broadway next to bumper-to-bumper traffic.

There were 45,000 customers without power in NY, majority in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, the utility company said.

The outage affected businesses and subway lines and stations in the area, with 42,000 people and places without power, according to a report by Con Edison on the company's Twitter profile.

"Subway service remains significantly disrupted across the system, although there is limited service on the 1/2/3 and 4/5/6 lines.", the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted. Several subway stations also have lost power, prompting trains that are running to skip those stations until power can be restored.

The New York Fire Department said that the loss of power was from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River, and from 72 Street to the West 40s.

Police officers and civilians worked together to direct traffic while firetrucks and ambulances screamed down side streets.

Twitter user Sahid Abraham posted a photo from Times Square that showed some of the famous electronic billboards dark. I just want you guys to know that you're gonna get your money's worth - that we are going to come back and do an fantastic show for you.

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"I'm going to get more information in the next hour or so, and we'll adjust my schedule accordingly depending on what I hear", said de Blasio.

Outages were reported as early as 7 p.m.in Midtown and Upper West Side.

Authorities told The Associated Press the blackout was caused by a transformer fire.

Forty-two years ago to the day, on July 13 1977 some 9 million were affected by a massive power outage in New York City.

"Very surreal seeing the bright lights of Times Square dimmed in the power cut", another posted.

NBC News correspondent and anchor, Kate Snow, tweeted a picture of a dark hallway at the network's headquarters, and said staffers were forced to use backup generators to broadcast Saturday's edition of Nightly News.

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