NYC Blackout: Jennifer Lopez Concert at MSG Cut Short By Power Outage

Lester Mason
July 14, 2019

Widespread power outages in Manhattan have knocked out power to tens of thousands, leaving the city in the dark and causing massive subway disruptions. The Fire Department said the failures stretched from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.

"Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated restoration at this time", Con Edison said.

Officials with Con Edison later tweeted that they were working to restore electricity to customers and businesses primarily on Manhattan's Upper West Side. "We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan. More information to come", it posted on Twitter. He said the A, C, F, D and M subway lines were affected.

Corey Johnson, the New York City council speaker, said on Twitter that the ConEd substation at West 49th street had a "major disturbance" and that ConEd was working on fixing it.

"Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied", the tweet said. Some buildings in Rockefeller Plaza had lights on, others were dark.

The cut affected the western chunk of Manhattan, particularly the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and the Broadway theater district.

Power was not restored until the next day. "I was wondering what was going on". "That's what we noticed first", she said. The Shops at Columbus Circle was evacuated shortly after.

Police officers and civilians worked together to direct traffic while firetrucks and ambulances screamed down side streets.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is not in the city as he is on the campaign trail in Iowa, says he is keeping up to date on the blackouts.

Additionally, the outage closed down a Jennifer Lopez concert, the second of her two-night "It's My Party" tour run in New York City. That blackout caused an estimated $310 million in damages and was sparked by lightning strikes in Westchester County.

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