77,000 people lost power in New York City power outage that knocked out train stations, elevators, and traffic lights amid transformer fire

  • A massive power outage struck uptown Manhattan Saturday evening, leaving people stranded in elevators, without traffic lights, and facing massive train delays.
  • Power was restored late Saturday night before midnight after New Yorkers were left in the dark for hours.
  • The New York City Fire Department told INSIDER the department was responding to a transformer fire at West 64th St. and West End Avenue.
  • Posts on social media showed people stranded in the neighbourhoods, as the city’s fire department told INSIDER it was responding to numerous reports of power outages in a 20-block radius.
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Power was restored late Saturday after an outage that lasted hours struck uptown Manhattan, leaving some stranded in elevators, without traffic lights, and facing massive train delays.

Frank Gibbon, a spokesperson for the New York City Fire Department, told INSIDER the department was responding to numerous reports of stuck elevators and subway stations without power in a 20-block radius and a transformer fire at West 64th St. and West End Avenue.

The city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that it had received reports of power outages across Manhattan and was “working to identify causes and keep trains moving.” A spokesperson for Con Edison, the city’s power provider, did not immediately return a request for comment.

As of 11:00 p.m. Saturday, Con Edison’s power outage map showed more than 70,000 customers had lost service, showing clusters of outages in blocks above 44th street and below 71st street.

WABC-7 reported that NYPD is directing traffic manually at intersections with dark traffic lights.

CNBC journalist Natalie Zhang shared a photo of a half-darkened Times Square, which stretches from West 42nd to West 47th streets.

Those in the city’s Midtown and Upper West Side neighbourhoods posted on social media that massive crowds had formed on the streets as Lincoln Center was evacuated.

Power outages in the neighbourhood’s train stations forced people to the streets to trek out of the affected areas.

One person tweeted from the inside of an elevator.

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