Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
New York City is experiencing a large scale black out do to an explosion, according to several reports.
A transformer fire caused a large-scale power outage in parts of New York City Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights, stalling elevators and limiting subway service, Fox News reports.
As of 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Con Edison reported that more than 45,000 customers were without power in an area that included Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that there were outages at various underground stations and trains were bypassing stations impacted by the power failure and service into Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx would be limited.
The A, C, F, D, and M subways lines were down, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted, adding that the utility had reported a “major disturbance” at a substation on West 49th Street. The New York City Fire Department said the fire started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue but did not say if that was the source of the outage.
Update: West 49th ConEd substation had “major disturbance”. ConEd working on fixing it.
Some subway stations without power. Trains are being held in station. MTA working to get folks out elevators.
— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) July 13, 2019
Due to the disruptions on these lines, all trains entering or exiting Manhattan have been disrupted. Several underground train stations are being evacuated as a precaution. https://t.co/fJ7d40wjMK
— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) July 14, 2019
.@NYCEmergencyMgt is working with the NYPD, FDNY and city agencies to respond to power outages in Manhattan due to a manhole fire earlier this evening. Disruption is significant.
We’ll have further updates soon — please follow @NotifyNYC.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 14, 2019
Via Federalist Papers:
A New York City Fire Department spokesman said the cause of the outage was being investigated.
“FDNY is operating at numerous stuck elevators throughout the West Side and subways,” the spokesman said.
The city’s subway system said it was working with utility Con Edison to determine the root cause of the outage, which it said was affecting Midtown and the Upper West Side.
“Several stations are currently without power and are being bypassed by all trains,” it posted on Twitter.
ConEd said on Twitter: “We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan. We will share more information as it comes in. Thank you.”
Corey Johnson, the New York City council speaker, said on Twitter that the ConEd substation at West 49th street had a “major disturbance” and that ConEd was working on fixing it.
With some stations and traffic lights dark, many residents and visitors alike took to the streets and walked, according to social media posts, many of which had the hashtag #blackoutnyc.
— Helena Pires (@HelenaD2) July 13, 2019
Social media was full of reports of ordinary citizens directing traffic at some Midtown intersections. Police officers were directing traffic at other major thoroughfares. The New York Fire Department said it received reports of people stuck in elevators on the Upper West Side and subway passengers stuck on trains.
— Kristi Thomas Boyce (@raesevelt) July 14, 2019
This is a developing story.
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