Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Times Square Blackout: Partial Power Outage Reported

Times Square blackout WABC Manhattan Upper West Side Suffer Widespread Blackouts 44WABCJoshua Caplan13 Jul 2019
Patty Aguilar | 14 July, 2019, 06:21

The New York City Fire Department said a transformer fire started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue and affected at least 38,000 about 8pm Saturday (local time).

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said preliminary information indicated that a substation fire triggered three other substations "to either go offline or to have a difficulty".

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

Reports from disappointed fans began pouring onto Twitter shortly after 9 p.m., as the outage - originally confined to the Midtown and the Upper West Side blocks south of 72nd Street - spread south to 14th Street.

An early unconfirmed report said there was a transformer fire at 12th Ave. around W. 54th St. Con Edison says it hopes have power fully restored by midnight.

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Without traffic lights, some New Yorkers stepped in to help, as captured on social media. "I am so sorry that this happened", she said. "We will provide updates as we receive them".

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.

Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning in Iowa for president, said that the mayor had been briefed on the blackout and that the Office of Emergency Management was responding.

Videos are emerging online of volunteers directing traffic.

New Yorkers said firefighters and cops were everywhere throughout the city. She had planned to take the A train home when the power outage occurred.

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