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Power Failure Hits New York on Anniversary of 1977 Outage

  • Con Edison suspects mechanical failure, rules out cyberattack
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo announced power has been fully restored
A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness during a major power outage on July 13.

A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness during a major power outage on July 13.

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A chunk of New York City plunged into darkness for hours as 72,000 customers on Manhattan’s West Side lost power on the anniversary of the historic 1977 blackout. Energy supply has since been fully restored, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The outage on Saturday night affected an area stretching from Fifth Ave. to the Hudson River, and from West 42nd through 71st streets, an area that includes Times Square and Central Park. Subway services to as far away as Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx were disrupted as the power failure took a toll on the “entire system.”