NY power outages darkens homes, streets and subway stations

Monday, 15 Jul, 2019

"West side of Manhattan is in the dark due to a power outage".

There were no reports of injuries.

Twitter user Sahid Abraham posted a photo from Times Square that showed some of the famous electronic billboards dark.

Many theatre performances and concerts were interrupted, including one featuring singer Jennifer Lopez at Madison Square Garden.

By Saturday night, Lopez revealed that she would be rescheduling the show for Monday night. "I can not tell you - on the second night of performing at MSG after such an unbelievable night last night, I just don't even know what to say", she said.

I do know that our infrastructure is fragile - and our emergency response is inadequate.

Yesterday, at about 7 p.m., the lights in our apartment just west of Midtown flickered - hard. It had given a preliminary number of 73,000 - but lowered it early Sunday. "We don't yet have a good estimate for how long it should take to restore the power".

Thousands of people crowded the streets Saturday evening, using their cellphones as flashlights while they tried to stay cool amid the humid July evening, where temperatures hit the low 80s.

"Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied, but there are now no patients reported", the department said on Twitter. "We were lucky tonight", he added.

The subway services are working closely with utility provider Consolidated Edison (or Con Edison) to determine the root cause of the power failure. He applauded residents for keeping their cool.

Officials say more than 40,000 customers were without power following a transformer fire in New York City. "We don't ever want to see it happen again". New York's May event was sidelined by rain and clouds, though Friday and Saturday's sunset was presented with clear views.

Lake Escobosa, 23, spent almost an hour directing traffic.

The AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theater on the Upper West Side was evacuated.

"I know how tricky it is when it comes to that intersection and I just saw in my mind vehicle accidents, people getting hit, people screaming", she said.

On Columbus Avenue, outside Fordham University's campus, brightly lit food carts illuminated the pitch black streets.

Underground, the entire subway system was affected.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advised travellers to avoid sub-surface trains, after some passengers were stranded below ground for over an hour.

People have shared eerie scenes in NY after a major power outage left people stuck in elevators and subways stalled.

Several Broadway shows canceled their Saturday night performances, including Hamilton, Hadestown, Aladdin, Frozen, Ain't Too Proud to Beg and The Cher Show. But once they got to the theater district, they saw the power go out.

So did some Carnegie Hall performers.

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

De Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa during the blackout, returned to NY early Sunday.

"And lately, certainly in the six years I've been mayor, they've been rare in the scheme of things", Mayor de Blasio told CNN's anchor Ana Cabrera, according to Newsweek. "It sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable amount of time".

"This is not the first time I have been with [chairman] Mr McAvoy going to look at a substation that failed, right?" he said. The city is carved into individual networks (essentially electricity neighborhoods) that deliver energy.