Manhattan power outages are crippling subway service and causing traffic problems

BREAKING: Massive Power Outage In Midtown, Other Sections Of Manhattan, Thousands Affected

Posts to social media showed landmarks in the city without power, including Rockefeller Center, the Empire State building and parts of Times Square. "It sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable amount of time".

According to ConEdison, which provides power for New York City and Westchester County, approximately 42,500 people have been impacted by the outage which the New York City Police Department says stretches from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River and West 40s to 72nd Street. The New York Fire Department posted a message on Twitter saying it was at the scene of the blaze.

The outage appears to run from Times Square and Hell's Kitchen to Columbus Circle and the Upper West Side. Radio City Music Hall's facade was dark as well.

A transformer fire caused a large-scale power outage in parts of New York City Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights, stalling elevators and limiting subway service.

Con Ed has reported that over 44k customers are without power in Midtown Manhattan. "It's equipment issues, and we are working to restore customers".

Some shows like "Frozen" were among the Broadway shows to announce it had canceled performances. And the transit officials warned people to "avoid below-ground subway stations". The Nos. 1, 2, and 3 trains are all running on the local track in Manhattan.


Council Speaker Corey Johnson confirmed various train disruptions: "MTA is reporting that the outage is directly disrupting service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx". He said the A, C, F, D and M subway lines were affected.

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.

"Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated restoration at this time", Con Edison said. NYPD officials have asked units from other boroughs to respond.

PIX11 meteorologist Jeff Berardelli spotted reaction to the apparent outages.

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