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NYC Blackout: See the Manhattan Skyline During Power Outage | NBC New York

NYC Blackout: See the Manhattan Skyline During Power Outage | NBC New York

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by January 3, 2020 Blog

NYC Blackout: See the Manhattan Skyline During Power Outage | NBC New York

This clip posted to social media shows part of the Manhattan skyline in the dark after a massive power outage hit midtown.

More on the Blackout: A blackout across much of midtown Manhattan and part of the Upper West Side knocked out power to more than 45,000 customers for more than two hours on Saturday evening, Con Edison said.

The blackout stopped subway service, halted Broadway shows, disabled traffic lights and may have trapped people in elevators. Carnegie Hall was evacuated mid-show and the singers continued their performance outside.

The power outage was caused by a manhole fire, according to tweets from the NYPD and the mayor.

There was nothing to suggest anything deliberate, according to a senior fire official and a senior NYPD official who spoke on a condition of anonymity. They said the problem appeared to be a transformer issue at the 49th Street and 64th Street substations.

The outage stretched from 40th Street to Columbus Circle, according to the FDNY. The Con Ed power outage map, which showed more than 45,400 customers were without power, indicated the outage stretched from the far west side to Fifth Avenue.

“We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan,” Con Ed said in a tweet.

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