New York City Power Outage Leaves 38000 Without Electricity

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

CBS News has learned the power outage was caused by a transformer fire.

A massive power outage struck New York Saturday, plunging parts of the city into darkness.

The New York City Emergency Notification System said people should report outages.

All trains in Manhattan "are experiencing interruptions", according to NYCT Subway on Twitter. "It's completely dark (in the station); people were coming up using their flashlights on their phones".

Photos circulated on social media showing the iconic sign of Radio Music Hall unlit, movie-goers evacuating from Lincoln Center's cinema and the sprawling Columbus Circle subway station without lights.

A diner on Broadway at West 69th Street lost its lights, as did other surrounding businesses.

ConEd says there are 42,000 without power on the west side of Manhattan.

Gainer also hit the road to see how drivers are handling the risky traffic conditions on Manhattan's West Side Highway. We will share more information as it comes in.

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The blackout stopped subway service, halted Broadway shows, disabled traffic lights and may have trapped people in elevators.

Power company ConEdison confirmed the blackout: "We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan". NYPD and @FDNY are continuing to respond to calls in the area, thank you for your patience.

Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in NY. "Disruption is significant. We'll have further updates soon - please follow @NotifyNYC".

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

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

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

Meanwhile, in Midtown west, in a neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen, a man takes it upon himself to direct traffic.

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". That would include Times Square.

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