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Power restored after massive outage hit New York City

Power has been restored five hours after a large outage affecting over 44,000 people hit much of Manhattan’s midtown and part of the Upper West Side in New York City on Saturday evening.

There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities, said a spokesperson for the local emergency department.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that he has “directed City agencies to investigate this evening’s blackout,” in order to prevent another widespread outage like this. 

The CEO of Con Edison, a power service company said that the power is being restored on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and the goal is “to have all power restored by midnight.”Previous

NYPD officers direct traffic on Eight Avenue during a major power outage in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

An ice cream truck sits on the corner of 7th Ave and West 59th street during a major power outage in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

The M57 crosstown bus pick up passengers during a major power outage in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

NYPD officers direct traffic on Eight Avenue during a major power outage in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2019. /VCG Photo

An ice cream truck sits on the corner of 7th Ave and West 59th street during a major power outage in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2019. /VCG PhotoNext

Traffic lights are out due to blackout near Times Square, in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2019. /Reuters Photo

Police officers are seen at a command post as the blackout affects buildings during widespread power outages in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., July 13, 2019. /Reuters Photo

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that the power outage was caused by a “manhole fire,” adding that the “disruption is significant.”

The electrical failure has dimmed Times Square and the Rockefeller Center and impacted subway stations. The New York City Office of Emergency Management said it had activated its emergency operations center.

(Cover: People are evacuated outside Row NYC hotel, as a blackout affects buildings and traffic during widespread power outages in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., July 13, 2019. /Reuters Photo)

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