|RT | Apr 21, 2017|
While the outages occurred around the same time there is no evidence they were connected or coordinated.
The first outage occurred at around 7:20am in New York when the power went down at 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station. That sent a shockwave of delays into the rest of the subway system.
Several subway lines suspended after power loss at 53rd Street, MTA says: https://t.co/1G42Molj8ppic.twitter.com/FWORMwLqOi— DNAinfo New York (@DNAinfoNY) April 21, 2017
COMMUTER CHAOS: Subway service crippled along multiple lines after MTA power snafu https://t.co/12QDD4TDK9pic.twitter.com/HXOPVbUKt4— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 21, 2017
"The loss of power due to a Con Edison equipment failure during the morning rush hour caused a cascading effect and impacted the lives of thousands of commuters," Cuomo said in a statement. "Simply put, this was completely unacceptable.”
“The @MTA started the weekend early, I guess? Power outage at 53rd & everything is crazy,” one commuter wrote on Twitter.
So I saw an E train at 145th Street this morning. The @MTA started the weekend early, I guess? Power outage at 53rd & everything is crazy. pic.twitter.com/vqPcPtGLeh— Elizabeth (@onsugarhill) April 21, 2017
“It took me an hour and 20 mins to go one stop, give up, find my way out of this mob, then walk back home @MTA,” wrote Liz Baker on Twitter.
It took me an hour and 20 mins to go one stop, give up, find my way out of this mob, then walk back home @mtapic.twitter.com/BWYA9J8fd3— Liz Baker (@lizabeth_baker) April 21, 2017
The utility company, Con Edison, said one of its electric lines triggered the outage. Spokesman Allan Drury told AP it is not clear how long the repairs will take or how the failure occurred.
We’re working jointly with the @MTA to make repairs to underground equipment serving the @NYCTSubway system as quickly as possible.— Con Edison (@ConEdison) April 21, 2017
Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.
In San Francisco, the power outages were widespread.
PGE officials are pointing to a substation fire as the primary cause of the outage, but have given no public estimates as to when power will be restored.
The blackout includes the Financial District, Presidio and stretch to the Marina/Cow Hollow area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
ISP map produced by @monkeybrainsnet showing areas impacted by current power outage in SF. https://t.co/ObxyYedNTdpic.twitter.com/i0RXuYa7wt— Jane Kim (@JaneKim) April 21, 2017
Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections, and cars backed up on downtown streets as drivers grew frustrated and honked at each other.
BART’s Montgomery Station was closed for more than two hours, with trains running through the station without stopping, before the agency reopened it.
Montgomery Bart Station is a bit creepy with no power... #sf#poweroutage#bart *Image copyright @BWFeldman * @CBSSF@firstname.lastname@example.org/kEiQhtRmBe— Benjamin Feldman (@BWFeldman) April 21, 2017
Stay up to date with the latest on the power outage in San Francisco here: https://t.co/NRlR4WqY0Ypic.twitter.com/fgeaa6LGeq— KQED News (@KQEDnews) April 21, 2017
Nineteen schools in San Francisco were affected by the outage that affected utilities, including the internet but they remained open and their schedules adjusted. Families were to be notified if there were changes at the schools.
The Philip Burton Federal Building and US Courthouse were closed down by the outage.
#SFFD says insulation fire at #PG&E substation may be related to #poweroutage. Can't use water, may damage equipment pic.twitter.com/HanN97IBbC— Juan Carlos Guerrero (@JuanCarlosABC7) April 21, 2017
Downtown in the SF #poweroutage - shops shuttered, people on the street, many fire trucks @KQEDnewspic.twitter.com/nvpV4vfFAl— Miranda Leitsinger (@mimileitsinger) April 21, 2017
The department adds there have been no delays in responding to calls.
told the San Francisco Chronicle she was sitting at her desk on the 14th floor of an office building in the Financial District when the power suddenly dropped out. She looked out the window and saw the buildings across the street go dark.
“They told us on an intercom to just stay calm,” Prado said. “People are hanging out the side of their buildings waiting to see what’s going to happen.”
Pacific Gas and Electric’s own outage map shows thousands affected and current estimates indicate that the outage is hitting up to 100,000 customers.