Widespread power outage in NY knocks out subways, businesses, elevators

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A power failure in NY has halted subway trains and trapped people in lifts.

Con Edison said it was working to restore power to 42,000 customers, mostly on the west side of Manhattan.

Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning in Iowa for president, said that the mayor had been briefed on the blackout and that the Office of Emergency Management was responding.

All trains in Manhattan "are experiencing interruptions", according to NYCT Subway on Twitter. Photos of darkened subway stations were being shared on social media.

The cuts are affecting the Upper West Side of Manhattan between 40th and 72th Streets between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River, an area which includes the Broadway theatre district.

Con Edison estimates there are 42,700 customers affected. There was also "smoke in multiple buildings" on the West Side, the department said, and it was responding to "numerous" reports of people stuck in elevators. We will share more information as it comes in. But that number refers to sites; buildings and addresses and does not include the power disruption to the subways, traffic lights, and the obvious shuttering of electronic access and egress points, elevators and the like.

All trains have made it to stations, New York Police Department spokesman George Tsourovakas said. The utility did not immediately respond to phone messages, and it was unclear when they expected power to return.

Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in NY. "Please stay tuned here for updates".

While trains are still running despite the outage, the stations without power are being bypassed by trains until power is restored. "We're working to identify causes and keep trains moving".

Meanwhile, in Midtown west, in a neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen, a man takes it upon himself to direct traffic. That would include Times Square. "Backup generators in one small studio", she tweeted. Started feeling like I was in a post-apocalyptic movie as I made my way outside.

At dawn, the Manhattan skyline shows no lights due to a power blackout, New York, New York, July 14, 1977.

The blackout lasted more than 26 hours.

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