A major power outage hit parts of Manhattan today, including half of Times Square. Tens of thousands of customers are without power, but how long will it take to get the power back on? Read on for more details. (To see more about how the outage began, including photos, see Heavy’s in-depth story here.)More than 42,000 customers are without power in Manhattan right now. ConEdison, which provides electric, gas, and steam to New York City, is providing updates. The power is currently estimated to be back sometime between 10 and 11:30 p.m.You can see a map of the power outage provided by ConEdison here. A screenshot is below.
According to ConEdison’s map, 43,536 customers across New York are currently out of power, with a total of 700 outages. This is out of 3,323,537 customers total.The largest area outage right now is the one affecting 43,449 customers and is marked 50+ on the map above. It’s recording 674 outages total and states that the estimated time of restoration is today at 11:30 p.m. (that’s the latest time of restoration as currently estimated, but these times can change.) So the outage isn’t expected to last as long as that outage in 1977 that also happened on July 13, but it could still be a few hours before power is restored.You can see more details if you zoom into that specific region, which is what is being reported on in the news and is affecting Times Square.
For the outage in the far upper north part of the map above, marked 50+, 12,384 customers are out of service and power is expected to be restored at 11:30 p.m. Just below it, which is also marked as a set of 50+, they are estimating an earlier restoration time of 11 p.m. for 30,896 customers. That same restoration time is estimated for the “3” region marked to the right.But let’s zoom in further for more details.
These details are being reported by ConEdison as of 8:25 p.m. Eastern. Near Carnegie Hall at the very top of the map above, restoration is expected for one customer at 10:30 p.m. The cause is still listed as “pending investigation” and the crew is awaiting assignment.All of these regions are mostly on the west side of Manhattan. For all these regions, the cause is still listed as “Pending Investigation” and most say that Crew Status is “awaiting assignment.”The region marked 29 is expecting restoration a little sooner, around 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. These are area and building outages.
The region above is estimating a 10 p.m. restoration time for most customers, but a few outliers are estimated for 10:30 and 11 p.m. Crews are awaiting assignment. The “11” next to it is estimating the same time range.So in general, the majority of the regions on the ConEdison map are estimating that power will be restored sometime between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. That’s why Broadway productions are canceling their shows tonight, like the Lion King. The power is expected to be back on sometime tonight, but it’s just not going to be soon enough for a lot of activities that people in the region were hoping to attend.As far as the cause of the power outage, that isn’t known yet. The cause is under investigation.
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(Upper West Side, Manhattan) Major Blackout in Columbus Circle — Developing: Power is out in multiple buildings on Broadway from 55th St to 59th St after a nearby transformer fire. Updates here: https://t.co/QFCq6IlWeQ #CitizenApp #ProtectTheWorld pic.twitter.com/cnpNwARqgr
— Citizen NYC (@CitizenApp_NYC) July 13, 2019
We do know that a transformer fire was potentially reported shortly before the outages began, but it’s not known if that contributed to the outage, and the fire hasn’t been verified.Power is expected to be back on, but not until later tonight. At least it’s not expected to last as long as the blackout of 1977.To learn more about the outage, ready Heavy’s in-depth story about the blackout here.READ NEXT: Power Out in Manhattan
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