Major Power Outage Hits Manhattan

“More than 40,000 in Manhattan don’t have power,” reports CNN:
Of the 42,000 customers without power in New York, most are in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, the utility company said. The city’s fire department is responding to numerous transformer fires, the first of which occurred in Manhattan on West 64th Street and West End Avenue, officials said.

The outage is having a widespread effect, with the New York subway system also experiencing power outages in its stations, the agency managing the trains said. “We’re working to identify causes and keep trains moving,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted… Photos from Times Square are showing some of the famous electronic billboards dark as dozens of people stand confused on the sidewalks.

Updates from CNN report that subway trains “have been stopped for more than 45 minutes and they can’t move back to stations. Some people have been forced to walk through train cars to evacuate.”

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