Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity in Manhattan on Saturday following a massive power outage that left many businesses and thousands without electricity.
Officials said that a transformer fire triggered the power outage, which affected at least 38,000 customers. Power went out at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side, according to the Associated Press.
The power outage comes 42 years to the day after The Great Blackout of 1977, which left most of New York City without electricity. Here’s what we know about Saturday’s widespread blackout:
Were injuries or damage reported?
New York authorities said there were no reports of fatalities or injuries.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has directed a state agency to conduct an investigation into the blackout. He said in a statement that although no injuries have been reported “the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable,” and the Department of Public Service will investigate the blackout.
When will power be restored?
Con Edison said they hope to have power “restored to all customers, hopefully, by midnight.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was in Iowa campaigning for president, said he estimated that “10,000 customers remain without power as restorations progress,” adding on Twitter that the “remaining customers are expected to see power back in the next hour.”
Corey Johnson, a New York City Council speaker, said thatpower is coming backin the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
How did social media respond?
Several Broadway shows were canceled after the power outage, including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “The Cher Show,” according toBroadway World.
Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.
The outage made its way to Madison Square Garden where Jennifer Lopez was performing Saturday night. Attendees said the concert went dark about 9:30 p.m. in the middle of Lopez’s fourth song of the night.
The singer took to Instagram and apologized to concertgoers, saying: “I just don’t even know what to say. I just want you guys to know that you’re gonna get your money’s worth – that we are going to come back and do an amazing show for you. I am so sorry that this happened,”
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Contributing: Elinor Aspegren, Kevin McCoy, Ed Brackett and Dalvin Brown in New York; Associated Press
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