Power Returns To New York City After Major Blackout

Parts of New York City went dark Saturday in a massive power outage that affected 72,000 customers at its height.

The cause is still under investigation, but it was unlikely to be a manhole fire or an excessive load of power.

The power went out at 6.47 pm. from West 42nd Street to West 72nd Street and from 5th Avenue west to the Hudson River. Five of the six networks were restored by 10.30 pm.

An early outage map by the city's utility company, Con Edison, showed nearly 40,000 without power.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management said it had activated its emergency operations centre, but there were no early reports of injuries.

New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Bill de Blasio, who is currently campaigning in Waterloo, Iowa, has been briefed on the outage.

The New York City transit system worked with Con Ed to restore power in affected subway stations. Photos of darkened subway stations were being shared on social media.

The Fire Department of New York said it responded to multiple calls of people stuck in elevators.

The CBS Broadcast Center was affected and turned to generator power. NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza also lost power.

Coincidentally, Saturday's power outage struck on the 41st anniversary of the 1977 blackout, which lasted until July 14. New York City went dark during the 2003 blackout of the East Coast and again after Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012.