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Power restored after massive Manhattan blackout left 73,000 without electricity

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Christian Fernsby |
Manhattan blackout
Empire State   Con Edison said the outage was not related to heavy load

Power was restored across midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side just before midnight after a massive blackout left 73,000 customers without electricity for hours on Saturday evening, Con Edison said.

The last of the six power grid networks that were down had been restored by just before midnight, Con Edison said, NBC 4 New York reported.

Con Edison said the outage, which started at 6:47 p.m., was not related to heavy load and disputed reports from the NYPD and the mayor that a manhole fire caused the fire.

The outage stretched from about 34th Street to 72nd Street and from the far west side to Fifth Avenue, according to the Con Ed power outage map. It included Rockefeller Center.

There was limited subway service across New York City, according to the MTA. That included a partial suspension of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, E, D, F, M, L, M, Q, R and S, lines.

At least four subway stations were blackened, the MTA says. Train operators were able to manually change the signals and bring at least one car or door to a subway station, so no one had to get out on the tracks.

In a statement, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called the incident "unacceptable" and said he directed the State Police, MTA and Public Service Commission to deploy personnel and resources to restore the power as soon as possible.

"We are in constant communication with Con Ed, who has an effort underway to begin restoration of power by midnight tonight," Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said he was directing the Department of Public Service to investigate the exact cause of the massive outage to "prevent an incident of this magnitude form happening again."

Cuomo was heading to the Con Edison command center on the west side, sources told NBC 4 New York.


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