Manhattan power outage tonight: Upper West Side and more without power

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that there were outages at underground stations that were limiting transportation from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens into Manhattan. Photos of darkened subway stations were being shared on social media.

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 MTA is working with Con Edison to determine the cause.

The city's subway system said it was working with the utility and that the outage was affecting Midtown and the Upper West Side. The New York Fire Department posted a message on Twitter saying it was at the scene of the blaze.

CBS2's Alice Gainer was at one of the subway stations in Midtown where power has completely gone out.

Officials with Con Edison later tweeted that they were working to restore electricity to customers and businesses primarily on Manhattan's Upper West Side. But that means many more people have no power, as one "customer" can represent a great many more people.

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

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A transformer fire caused a large-scale power outage in parts of New York City Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights, stalling elevators and limiting subway service.

The company is advising people in the affected areas switch off or unplug electrical appliances to avoid potential damage to the appliances when power is restored. Con Edison had not yet responded to calls for comment, but tweeted that they were responding to a "widespread power outage".

Screens in Time Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in the Manhattan borough of NY.

The power outage comes on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 citywide blackout that went for 25 hours and left millions in the dark, leading to a spree of looting and violence.

The CBS Broadcast Center was affected and turned to generator power.

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