Massive Power Outage In Midtown, Other Sections Of Manhattan, Thousands Affected

Times Square blackout WABC

Times Square blackout WABC

The MTA later added: "Because of the ongoing power outages, there is limited subway service into Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx". "The first thing you learn is, let's get all the facts, and then we'll assess what to do".

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

The Con Edison utility said it was working to restore power to 42,000 customers and would provide updates as it got them.

The Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) said: "We are working with Con Edison to determine the root cause of the ongoing power failure, which is affecting Midtown and the Upper West Side".

The outage was having a widespread effect, with the NY subway system also experiencing power outages in its stations, the agency managing the trains said.

A significant power outage is being reported in parts of Manhattan tonight. Traffic lights were not working along a stretch of Manhattan that extends up about a mile, and across from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River, on Manhattan's far west side.

Manhattan residents and visitors took to Twitter to post photos of the city without power, including eerie photos and video of pitch-black subway stations.

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

A transformer fire caused a large-scale power outage in parts of New York City Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights, stalling elevators and limiting subway service.

Police officers waved people out of the Columbus Circle subway station around 7:30 p.m.

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.

Screens in Time Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in the Manhattan borough of NY.

The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.

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

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