New York City Power Outage Disrupts Subways, traffic lights and Elevators

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A large-scale power outage in parts of New York City was reported Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights and limiting subway service.

Con Edison reported that nearly 39,000 customers were without power in an area that included Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side. The Metropolitan Transit Authority said it received reports of power outages in various Manhattan train stations.

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“We’re working to identify causes and keep trains moving. More information to come,” the MTA tweeted. The agency said trains were bypassing stations impacted by the power failure and service into Manhattan from Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx will be limited.

Straphangers tweeted photos of blacked-out train stations and non-working traffic lights.

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Social media was full of reports of ordinary citizens directing traffic at some Midtown intersections. Police officers were directing traffic at other major thoroughfares. The New York Fire Department said it received reports of people stuck in elevators on the Upper West Side.

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Saturday marked the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 blackout, which affected much of the city and resulted in widespread looting, arson and other criminal activities.

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