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Heat wave knocks out power to tens of thousands in NYC

July 21, 2019 - 8:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of New York City residents are grappling with power outages as extreme heat continues to bake the metro area.

Con Ed reports that more than 47,000 customers in the five boroughs were without power late Sunday night due to scattered outages, mostly in Brooklyn and Queens. The utility is asking those customers to turn off non-essential appliances to conserve power. Although some areas were expected to see power restored overnight, Con Ed estimates others won't see it returned until sometime Monday morning.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Con Ed is taking 30,000 customers in Brooklyn temporarily off power so it can make repairs and prevent a bigger outage. He said their system in parts of Brooklyn is under severe strain and some equipment has failed. 

The mayor says city agencies "are on the ground and responding to any stuck elevators and making sure seniors and any vulnerable populations have the support they need.''

Con Ed urged customers in northwest Queens and the southeastern section of the Bronx to conserve power while crews repaired equipment. Check the Con Ed outage map here.

Gov. Cuomo blasted the utility, writing on Twitter that "we've been through this situation w ConEd time & again." He said he was sending hundreds of state police and generators.

Con Ed said that it had a new record for power demand Sunday, clocking 11,996 megawatts. The old record, set back in 2016, was 11,855 megawatts, according to NBC4.

Thousands more customers in New Jersey, Long Island and the Hudson Valley were also without power Sunday following outages Saturday. In Westchester, some 4,000 Con Ed customers were without power Sunday night.

The outages come a week after more than 70,000 customers in Manhattan went without power amid a five-hour blackout.

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