Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outage

 edition.cnn.com  07/14/2019 03:12:00 
Seen from the air, a large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods stand coated in darkness on Saturday, July 13.

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Updated 0312 GMT (1112 HKT) July 14, 2019

Seen from the air, a large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods stand coated in darkness on Saturday, July 13.

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Tens of thousands of people were without power in Manhattan on Saturday evening, ConEdison said.

There were 45,000 customers without power in New York, most of them in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, the utility company said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa, said it appears the outage was the result of a mechanical problem in the electrical grid.

"This appears to be something that just went wrong in the way that they transmit power from one part of the city to another," he told CNN. "It sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable amount of time."

Times Square's billboards are black as people fill the street.

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People use their phones as flashlights.

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Pedestrians looks at their cellphones in midtown Manhattan.

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Radio City Music Hall is dark during the blackout.

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An entrance to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit.

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People sit inside a bar during the power outage.

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Dark buildings along a dark street are seen near the Times Square area.

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Con Edison workers stand around a barricaded transformer cover.

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People are evacuated outside Row NYC hotel.

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A convenience shop is closed.

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A man directs traffic on 8th Avenue and West 58th Street.

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The Upper West Side of Manhattan is in the dark. The city's fire department was responding to numerous transformer fires, the first of which occurred in Manhattan on West 64th Street and West End Avenue, officials said.

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People walk along a dark street near Times Square.

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A police officer directs traffic in Times Square.

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A view of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood shows buildings in darkness.

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A train sits out of service at Penn Station.

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Buildings near Columbus Circle are dark.

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