Mon. Feb 24th, 2020

#NYCBlackout Con-Ed Blackout In NYC, Midtown Manhattan, Upper West Side Has 42,000 Without Power

An extensive blackout struck Manhattan on Saturday night as power was lost in Midtown, Hells Kitchen and the Upper West Side.

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Street lights were reported knocked out on Columbus Ave. on the Upper West Side, and a power outage was also reported in Rockefeller Center around 7 p.m.

“We are responding to extensive outages on the west side of Manhattan,” said Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin.

 

“It’s equipment issues, and we are working to restore customers,” Clendenin said.

More than 42,000 Con Ed customers had lost electricity by around 8 p.m. Clendenin didn’t know how long the power might be out.

 

FDNY dispatchers received numerous calls about stuck elevators and lights out in Midtown.

 

Subway service was stalled in Manhattan and Queens on all the lines designated by letters, which the MTA calls its “B Division.”

 

“We’re trying to get people out of subways. We’re trying to get people out of elevators. It’s a big mess,” said an MTA source.

 

Subway riders were walked through tunnels and led to the station at Columbus Circle, an MTA source said.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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