Major power outage hits Manhattan
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is directing unidentified city agencies to investigate what caused the widespread blackout in Manhattan Saturday night, according to his verified twitter account.
Power was restored to thousands of customers just after midnight.
Power has been restored to all customers, Con Edison CEO John McAvoy said, after a power outage in Manhattan left as many as 72,000 customers in the dark Saturday night.
This is not an infrastructure issue, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
"We were lucky tonight," Cuomo said.
The governor is urging drivers to stay off the road because many traffic lights are still out.
The thousands of customers without power in Manhattan Saturday included Carnegie Hall. Performers who were evacuated put on an impromptu show for passersby outside.
Con Ed says it has restored power to 62,000 customers on the West Side of Manhattan. About 10,000 customers remain without power, the company said.
Con Ed is working to restore power to those customers by midnight, it said.
The power outage affected about 72,000 customers at its height, the company's CEO said. The outage area stretched from West 72nd Street on the north, West 30th Street on the south, the Hudson River on the west and 5th Avenue on the east, Con Ed said.
People started cheering Saturday night when power was restored in some buildings in the city.
Authorities have said they don't have a good estimate as to how long it should take to restore power but John McAvoy, CEO of Con Edison, told reporters he doesn't expect additional outages this evening.
At The Knickerbocker Hotel in Manhattan, firefighters were working to help guests out of stuck elevators.
There have been no injuries or fatalities during the power outage, said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell during a news conference Saturday night.
Criswell says there is a task force comprised of members of the NYPD and FDNY that are going building-to-building to make sure nobody is trapped in an elevator.