Manhattan, Upper West Side Suffer Widespread Blackouts

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

The power company said in a statement at 8:08 p.m. ET that at least 42,000 customers were without power, primarily on the Westside of Manhattan. "The A, C, D, E, F, M 1, 2, and 3 trains are all experiencing significant delays or temporary stoppage".

People took to social media in the midst of complete chaos to showcase not only the eerie scenes popping up but that ever so present and resilient NY spirit after a blackout across much of midtown Manhattan and part of the Upper West Side knocked out power to almost 20,000 customers on Saturday evening.

"Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied", the tweet said.

Widespread power outages in Manhattan have knocked out power to tens of thousands, leaving the city in the dark and causing massive subway disruptions.

Multiple Broadway shows were canceled as some theaters lost power, according to Playbill.

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

With some stations and traffic lights dark, many residents and visitors alike took to the streets and walked, according to social media posts, many of which had the hashtag #blackoutnyc.

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Con Edison advises all customers in the areas affected by the outages to unplug any electrical appliances, to avoid any potential damage when power is restored.

"I saw all these crowds", Elferdaousy said.

Twitter user Lizzy Aimée shared a video of firefighters entering her apartment building and wrote: 'Can't get up to our apt and people are stuck in the elevators!' The Shops at Columbus Circle was evacuated shortly after.

"Just a civilian directing traffic at W 49th and 9th Avenue", Turner tweeted. Two young women posed for a selfie in the middle of 46th Street before an officer rushed over and chastised them, saying, "Ladies, this is not the time".

Coincidentally, Saturday's power outage struck on the 41st anniversary of the 1977 blackout, which lasted until July 14.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN said he had spoken with the police commissioner and the deputy commissioner who handles counterterrorism. That blackout caused an estimated $310 million in damages and was sparked by lightning strikes in Westchester County.

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