Preliminary report: Faulty relay protection system caused NYC outage

Times Square Power Out

"While Con Edison works to restore power in Manhattan, we encourage everyone to avoid below-ground subway stations", New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter. It stretched from 72nd Street to West 30th Street, from the Hudson River over to 5th Avenue. It happened at around 7:00 p.m. ET, and - in a completely wild twist - fell on the 42nd anniversary of the city's 1977 blackout.

By midnight, power had been restored to most of the customers who had lost it, said John McAvoy, chief executive of utility Con Edison.

The show must go on in NY, even if parts of Manhattan have lost power, forcing the evacuation of Broadway theaters and sending tens of thousands of people onto darkened streets. The blackout also forced the evacuation of Madison Square Garden in the middle of a Jennifer Lopez concert.

ConEd, already in hot water because of other mechanical breakdowns in recent years, now faces renewed calls to overhaul its network.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wasn't in NYC for the blackout because he was out hyping his deeply unpopular presidential campaign, noted on Twitter that the issue originated with a manhole fire.

Whereas I manufacture now now not possess any connection - monetary or otherwise - to any industry connected to this speak, my background in government and pure frequent sense tells me that the energy outage in Recent York City is a red warning flag of what is to approach on a increased scale and wishes to be viewed that draw.

She then posted a second message on social media further expressing her disappointment. It also stalled elevators and subway cars.

The underground transit disruptions sent subway commuters scrambling for the streets. Heartbroken to say tonight's show is cancelled. The sidewalks of midtown Manhattan quickly became congested with foot traffic.

Con Ed President Tim Cawley insisted the Saturday night blackout that darkened more than 40 blocks of Manhattan including Times Square wasn't due to high demand on the electrical grid, but said it would take some time to determine what exactly did happen.

Con Edison blamed their relay protection system Monday for the weekend power outage in New York City, saying the system didn't operate as designed, according to preliminary findings from the company.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who deployed NY state troopers during the outage, said Sunday that he was going to inspect the transformer that caused the power failure with Con Edison Chairman John McAvoy to figure out exactly what happened.

People make their way through the streets in Times Square during a major power outage on July 13, 2019 in New York City.

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