Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

‘Extensive’ power outage affects Manhattan’s west side

‘Extensive’ power outage affects Manhattan’s west side

New York, citing the Con Edison power outage map, reports over 44,000 customers are without power.

While trains are still running despite the outage, the stations without power are being bypassed by trains until power is restored.

Sidewalks in Times Square that are usually crowded with tourists on a balmy summer Saturday night were overflowing as at least some Broadway theaters canceled performances.

Without traffic lights, some New Yorkers stepped in to help, as captured on social media.

New Yorkers said firefighters and cops were everywhere throughout the city.

Memories of rioting, looting and violence during the 1977 blackout spooked some tourists visiting the city, including Dave and Dara Campbell, of Gilbert, Arizona.

"We are responding to extensive outages on the west side of Manhattan", said Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin told the New York Daily News.

The AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theatre on the Upper West Side, the entire Cineplex was evacuated.

Power utility ConEdison reported that tens of thousands of people were without power, and many subways have gone dark.

The outages were affecting "multiple lines", the Metropolitan Transport Authority said.

"40K without power is Armageddon", he wrote on Twitter.

'From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem and one, again, that sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable period of time, ' de Blasio said.

Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan, N.Y., following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

"We were stuck for about 75 minutes", said O'Malley, 57. "It's completely dark. People had to use the flashlights on their phones to see their way out". "More information to come", it posted on Twitter.

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