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

Power outage in New York knocks out subways, businesses, elevators

Power outage in New York knocks out subways, businesses, elevators

The power outages caused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to stop train services in Manhattan and left several businesses in the dark. Photos of darkened subway stations were being shared on social media.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management said it had activated its emergency operations center.

The Twitter account for NY subways said the agency is working to keep trains moving and will bypass affected stations.

Con Edison estimates there are 42,700 customers affected.

A power failure struck the West Side of Manhattan on Saturday evening, plunging subway stations into darkness, stalling trains, stranding people in elevators, and for a time leaving parts of Times Square without its customary bright lights, according to authorities.

NYPD and FDNY are on scene, the NYPD announced on Twitter. She had planned to take the A train home when the power outage occurred. The utility did not immediately respond to phone messages, and it was unclear when they expected power to return.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa on Saturday, tweeted that the police and fire departments and other city agencies were working to respond a manhole fire that caused the outage.

The Fire Department of NY said it was responding to multiple calls of people stuck in elevators.

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

Several stations are now without power and are being bypassed by all trains.

By 9 p.m., transit officials were cautioning people to avoid underground stations.

The outage is believed to have affected the Rockefeller Center.

A blackout affects buildings in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S, July 13, 2019.

The failure came on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 power failure that plunged the NY skyline into darkness, triggering widespread looting and arson.

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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