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While blackouts tend to occur in Queens (where many residents have been in the dark since Tropical Storm Isaias came through earlier this week) or in other places across the nation, not so much in Manhattan. But this morning (August 7), parts of the latter lost power. 


Gothamist reports that a “glitch” in electricity utility Con Edison’s transmission system knocked out the power to three of its networks. At about 5:15 am, early risers may have noticed that things had gone dark. Fortunately, the power came back on about 20 or so minutes later.

“We are investigating a problem on our transmission system that caused three networks in Manhattan to lose their electric supply at about 5:13 this morning. The supply has been restored to those networks on the Upper West Side, Harlem & the Upper East Side,” said Con Edison in a statement tweeted this morning a little over an hour after power was initially lost.

At the time of this post parts of Queens affected by today’s outage still have not had their power restored—reportedly about 8,000 customers. Interestingly, NY1 reports that the loss of power was not related to the earlier and continued outages this week in Queens that are attributed to heavy winds from the aforementioned Tropical Storm. 

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No power also meant that trains affected, with delays on the 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D, E, F, N, Q, R and W lines as a result.

See footage of a powerless Manhattan that was shared on social media below. 2020 is still and truly on one.


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