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Power was restored to the heart of New York City after a major outage Saturday impacted an estimated 72,000 customers, mostly in Manhattan’s midtown and Upper West Side.
The article goes on to state the following:
Con Edison said it completed power restoration to all customers on the West Side of Manhattan shortly before midnight and the last of six electrical networks was back in service.
“After ‘analyzing the large volumes of data,’ the utility said it had ‘identified the issues with the relay protection system,” according to report by The Wall Street Journal.
“Based on our experience with the transmission and distribution system, we initially believed the 13,000-volt cable fault was unrelated to the transmission disturbance,” said Con Edison in a statement. “While the cable fault was an initiating event, the customer outages were the result of the failure of the protective relay systems.”
“The declaration came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attacked the utility for its handling of Saturday’s blackout,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The governor said the outage, which took five hours to fully fix, endangered New Yorkers. ‘This is Russian roulette, you know? People can die,’ he said in a radio interview on WNYC-FM.”
JUST IN from @ConEdison some initial cause of the #NYCblackout
Basically a 13,000 volt line faulted and its substation failed to contain the power surge as designed, immediately expanding the outage from one substation to six pic.twitter.com/2UCyKcsOGv
— Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) July 15, 2019
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio rules out terrorism and cyber attack as causes of power outage. The mayor of New York City addressed Saturday’s blackout in Manhattan during a Sunday press conference, saying that investigators are still looking into the exact cause pic.twitter.com/M0XMObgBEw
— Sherman (@Shermanbot) July 15, 2019
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