At least 42,000 Con Edison customers were left without power Saturday after massive outages hit New York City.
The utility company said it was working to restore power after responding to “extensive outages” primarily on the West-side of Manhattan and would share more information as it becomes available.
The New York City Fire Department has units on the scene and is handling calls to assist people stuck in elevators.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority said it had received reports of outages in subway station complexes throughout Manhattan and was working to keep trains moving.
Due to the outages, subway service is limited into Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The MTA was encouraging customers to avoid below-ground stations.
The power outage was apparently caused by a transformer fire at 54th Street and West End Avenue, a senior city official with direct knowledge of the matter told Maybach Media.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he spoke with the CEO of Con Edison and there was a “major disturbance” at the West 49th Street substation. A full emergency response was mobilized, Johnson said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the power failures were due to a manhole fire earlier Saturday evening. He said NYC Emergency Management, NYPD and the FDNY were all responding to the outages.
Times Square was hit by the blackout. Due to the outage, Saturday’s performance of the hit musical Hamilton was cancelled.
Here is a Con Edison map of the outages as of 8:46 p.m. ET;
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) 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
I just got off the phone with the CEO of ConEd who confirmed “a major disturbance” at West 49th Street Substation.
A full emergency response has been mobilized.
No further details at this time.
— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) July 13, 2019
Update: Because of the ongoing power outages, there is limited subway service into Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Please check https://t.co/tyvPdlXfha or the MYmta app for the status of your line, and we will continue to provide updates here.
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 13, 2019
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