Three days after a huge tropical storm swept through the New York City region and left more than a million people without power, much of Upper Manhattan was briefly plunged into darkness early Friday morning during a blackout.
The outage lasted for less than an hour but still left tens of thousands of Con Edison customers without electricity, furthering worries about the integrity of the region’s power grid that were raised by the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias earlier this week.
Nearly an hour later, Con Edison reported a separate outage in Queens.
The outages have exacerbated the distress brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Many in the region who have been forced to remain at home are now without the phone or internet service required to work remotely, or air-conditioning that can bring relief in a humid New York summer.