NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities and utility officers had been nonetheless looking for particular causes on Sunday for a five-hour blackout in a big part of New York Metropolis’s Manhattan borough that left 73,000 prospects with out energy on Saturday.
No deaths or accidents resulted from the blackout that stretched from West 30th Avenue to West 72nd Avenue, an space full of vacationer points of interest and Broadway theaters.
A transformer explosion at West 49th Avenue cascaded right into a widespread outage that lower energy subways, houses and companies.
Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned town and Consolidation Edison Co. of New York, town’s most important utility, dominated out a surge in utilization as an element for the blackout on Saturday.
Neither a cyber assault nor a terrorist act had been in charge, de Blasio added at a press convention. “Particular causes will take a while” to determine, he mentioned.
Exercise within the Occasions Sq. appeared again to regular on Sunday. Visitors and subways returned to their summer season weekend move.
Broadway theaters reopened after reveals had been canceled the night earlier than.
Throughout Saturday’s blackout, Broadway performers entertained on sidewalks to delighted crowds, whereas a couple of residents directed vehicles and vehicles after site visitors lights went down.
Con Edison President Timothy Cawley assured that its electrical system will have the ability to deal with a pickup in demand in air con within the coming days. “We’re ready to the tip of the week,” he mentioned. “We may nonetheless serve the system on the most popular day of the yr.”
The town is bracing for each day peak temperature within the high-80s to low-90s Fahrenheit (low-to-mid 30 Celsius) over the following 5 days, in keeping with the Nationwide Climate Service.
Reporting by Richard Leong