More than 40,000 people were left without electricity in New York City, primarily in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side. According to Con Edison, the company was working on restoring power to 42,000 customers.
We are working to restore power to 42,000 customers primarily in the Westside of Manhattan. We will provide updates as we receive them. Thank you.— Con Edison (@ConEdison) July 14, 2019
Later, the utility company said that power was being restored on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, adding that most customers would be restored by approximately midnight local time.
Power is being restored on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and we’re estimating most customers will be restored at midnight.— Con Edison (@ConEdison) July 14, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio said it appeared that the outage was the result of a mechanical problem in the electrical grid, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, the New York Fire Department was responding to a transformer fire on W 64 St and West End Ave. The firefighters also said they were responding to people trapped in elevators and subway cars.
The MTA advised people to stay away from underground stations and consider taking a bus, as the outages were affecting "multiple lines".
Social media was buzzing with reports of the power outages.
@CoreyinNYC we just lost power in Hudson Yards. I'm 21 stories above entrance to Lincoln Tunnel. @USPS building has ground floor light #Blackout #NYCblackout #nycpoweroutage #nycblackout2019 #NYC pic.twitter.com/8nenNK9XXZ— TONeil (@TriciaONeil17) July 14, 2019
Several users posted pictures of regular citizens directing traffic while the traffic lights were out.
I LOVE this city!! Regular people took to the streets of NYC to help direct traffic.— Dana (store name) 🔜 A Billionaire (@sagesurge) July 14, 2019
NYC has its problems but we all ban together to help one another when needed.#Blackout #NYC #NYCblackout #NewYork #nycpoweroutage #poweroutage #blackout2019 #NYC #randomactofkindness pic.twitter.com/wLpobhQMgV
The billboards on Times Square also went out.
Several netizens responded to the news with a bit of humour