NYC power outage knocks out subways, businesses, elevators

14 July, 2019, 04:43 | Author: Wade Massey

"The first thing you learn is, let's get all the facts, and then we'll assess what to do".

The blackout stopped subway service, halted Broadway shows, disabled traffic lights and may have trapped people in elevators.

Photos on social media showed major landmarks without power, including Rockefeller Center and Times Square, where the famous video screens were dark. The New York Fire Department posted a message on Twitter saying it was at the scene of the blaze.

The MTA is working to keep service moving by having trains bypass affected stations.

"@ConEdison responding to power outages on the Upper West Side of Manhattan".

Fire trucks respond during a widespread power outage in the Manhattan borough of New York, Saturday, July 13, 2019, Authorities say a transformer fire caused a power outage in Manhattan and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

The outage also saw some Broadway shows cancel their Saturday evening performances, including Best Musical Tony victor Hadestown and King Kong.

It said the outage extended from Fifth Avenue west to the Hudson River, and from the west 40s north to 72nd Street.

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"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan. Please stay tuned here for updates".

By 9 p.m., transit officials were cautioning people to avoid underground stations. Apparently there's a blackout in midtown Manhattan. Started feeling like I was in a post-apocalyptic movie as I made my way outside.

Street lights and traffic lights have been put out of action. "We are running on generators!"

The outage was having a widespread effect on the NY subway system, which was experiencing power outages in its stations, the agency managing the trains said.

13th July 1977: A restaurant with only liquor left after the NY blackout.

The blackout lasted more than 26 hours.

NBC News correspondent and anchor, Kate Snow, tweeted a picture of a dark hallway at the network's headquarters, and said staffers were forced to use backup generators to broadcast Saturday's edition of Nightly News.

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