NY Utility Company Cuts Power to 30,000 in Brooklyn

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 22, 2019

The National Weather Service reported high temperatures for July 20 were recorded Saturday at its weather stations in Atlantic City, N.J.; New York City; Westfield, Mass.' Manchester, N.H.; and Wallops Island, Va.

The high hit 95 degrees in New York City on Saturday, leading officials to cancel a commemoration of the 1969 moon landing at Times Square and an outdoor festival featuring Women's World Cup soccer star Megan Rapinoe and musician John Legend.

It's thought to be behind a blackout that has affected some areas of New York City.

According to Con Edison's outage map, over 49,000 people throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, as well as surrounding areas, were still without power as of 10:00 p.m. local time.

The power company said it restored juice overnight to more than 30,000 customers after thousands of Big Apple residents lost service Sunday afternoon. The Democratic mayor had tweeted that Con Ed would start bringing those "customers back 500 at a time around midnight".

Mr Cuomo said he deployed 200 state troopers, 100 generators and 50 light towers to Brooklyn to help with the outages and urged New Yorkers to check on their neighbours, especially the elderly.

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Cuomo also said he directed the state Department of Public Service to widen its investigation into last week's blackout in Manhattan to include Sunday's outages in Brooklyn. "This was not a natural disaster; there is no excuse for what has happened in Brooklyn".

While the weekend's heat wave cooled somewhat, the low remained in the high 70s and city emergency management officials warned of thunderstorms.

"We work with our community leaders, and our first obligation is to make sure our emergency facilities such as hospitals, schools, emergency buildings, and community centers, those are the first ones we try to restore as soon as possible", said said Con Ed spokesman Sidney Alvarez.

"Power went off about 6:15, my husband nearly got stuck in the elevator - he would have been stuck this whole time".

People who spoke with NY1 say the situation left them frustrated.

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