Power failure halts NY subway trains

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted Saturday evening that signals on the A, B, C, D, E, F, and M subway lines were affected and four stations were closed to the public due to lack of power: 59th St-Columbus Circle, 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Ctr, 34th St-Hudson Yards, and 5th Av/53rd St. And the transit officials warned people to "avoid below-ground subway stations".

Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning in Iowa for president, said that the mayor had been briefed on the blackout and that the Office of Emergency Management was responding.

The Twitter account for NY subways said the agency is working to keep trains moving and will bypass affected stations.

The local energy company Con Edison said about 42,000 people had been deprived of power.

Outages were reported as early as 7 p.m.in Midtown and Upper West Side.

NYPD and FDNY are on scene, the NYPD announced on Twitter.

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The Fire Department said it was responding to a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.

Coincidentally, Saturday's power outage struck on the 41st anniversary of the 1977 blackout, which lasted until July 14.

Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. The Con Ed power outage map, which showed more than 45,400 customers were without power, indicated the outage stretched from the far west side to Fifth Avenue. Several subway stations also have lost power, prompting trains that are running to skip those stations until power can be restored.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan. Backup generators in one small studio", she tweeted.

With some stations and traffic lights dark, many residents and visitors alike took to the streets and walked, according to social media posts, many of which had the hashtag #blackoutnyc.

A blackout affects buildings in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S, July 13, 2019.

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