01:40 GMT +309 December 2019
Listen Live
      Screens in Times Square are black during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan 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. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

    Large Scale Power Outage Hits Parts of New York City Leaving Tens of Thousands Without Electricity

    © AP Photo / Michael Owens
    Get short URL

    The outage knocked out traffic lights, stalled elevators and limited subway service in parts of New York City.

    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.

    ​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.

    ​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.

    ​Several users posted pictures of regular citizens directing traffic while the traffic lights were out.

    ​The billboards on Times Square also went out.

    ​Several netizens responded to the news with a bit of humour

    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik