Power Outage in Manhattan Leaves Thousands in the Dark
A massive power outage has brought parts of Manhattan to a standstill this evening.
An updated outage map from New York City's electric company, ConEdison, showed that as many as 43,000 New Yorkers could be in the dark (as of 8:30 pm on Saturday).
It's worth noting, by the way, that outage maps typically show the number of addresses without power. So it's very likely that there are a significantly larger number of residents being affected tonight.
ConEdison simply said that they are aware of the outages on the Westside of Manhattan, and will provide more information when it becomes available. It appeared as if the power first went out sometime around 7:00 pm.
The outage is having wide-reaching effects, of course.
Traffic lights are out in parts of the city (especially Upper Manhattan). Of course, with not enough police officers available to direct traffic immediately, some New Yorkers are doing what they do best and assisting:
Plus, some TV networks have even been sharing photos showing their studios are primarily in the dark as their broadcasts have been running on a generator.
Several lines on the New York City subway have been affected. Additionally, there are also reports of several elevators being stuck with passengers inside, several TV stations reported.
Broadway theaters also appear to be affected by the outage. Footage from outside the Schoenfeld Theatre where "Come From Away" is currently playing shows that the show's actors have begun performing on the sidewalk outside of the stage doors
There are reports of a transformer fire around 64th Street and West End Avenue. It's believed that the transformer fire caused tonight's blackout.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.