Power failure black outs NY: Supply restored in Manhattan

A widespread power outage in the heart of Manhattan on Saturday shut down some of the city’s subways as iconic parts of midtown, including Times Square and Rockefeller Center, went dark.

Energy company Con Edison said more than 70,000 homes and businesses lost power in Manhattan, the most densely populated of the city’s five boroughs. The outage lasted for about five hours.

Power has been restored to all customers after a power failure in New York halted subway trains and trapped people in lifts on Saturday evening.

According to Con Edison head John MacAvoy the problem appeared to have originated at a substation, but the cause was being investigated.

The widespread power cut extended from Fifth Avenue west to the Hudson River, and from West 42nd north to 72nd Street, the fire department said.

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