Brooklyn, Queens Power Outage Latest: Thousands of Con Edison Customers Affected by Blackout Caused by Extreme Heat Wave

New York City residents have been sat in the dark as power outages have swept through the city. Around 53,000 Con Edison customers, mostly in Brooklyn and Queens, were without power due to demand created by the current heat wave scorching the east coast, according to the Associated Press.

Con Ed, which provides power to the city and Westchester, said it was reducing voltage and asked customers to turn off "non-essential" appliances to conserve power.

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Con Ed took 30,000 customers in Brooklyn temporarily off power to make repairs to prevent bigger outages. At the time of publication, the Con Ed website states: "Due to heat, about 23,000 customers in Brooklyn have been taken out of service for repairs. Service restored through today."

New York Blackout July 2019
A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness from above during a major power outage on July 13, 2019 in New York City. A second outage has hit Queens and Brooklyn on July 21, 2019. Scott Heins/Getty

Here’s where we stand: Con Ed is taking 30K customers in Brooklyn, including Carnarsie, Mill Basin and Flatbush, temporarily off power so it can make repairs and prevent a bigger outage.

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 22, 2019

New Yorkers have been taking to social media to voice their concerns. One Twitter user said: "Families sleeping in cars @ConEdison. Do something!"

#brooklynblackout families sleeping in cars @ConEdison @NYCMayor @NYGovCuomo DO SOMETHING

— RIP EVH (@PRIE5TOFFICIAL) July 22, 2019

@ConEdison deliberately shut power #brooklynblackout does this include customers on life saving medical equipment???

— SheDoes (@isolovethelord) July 22, 2019

we had another blackout in NYC tonight 😫😫😫 but my yummy salmon dinner saved the day 😋

— Hani (@hanibabibu) July 22, 2019

@ConEdison really picked a bad time to not be properly prepared for this massive heat wave.

— Mr. McDermott (@Heymynameisbenn) July 22, 2019

De Blasio said that New York City emergency management was adding personnel on the ground across that part of Brooklyn, including nursing homes and adult care facilities, to respond to emergencies and keep people safe. Some of New York came back online from midnight Monday morning.

This outage follows one that happened on July 13, which caused a five-hour blackout across a 40-block stretch of Manhattan, including Times Square and Rockefeller Center. According to the Associated Press, equipment failure, and not heat, caused the New York center to go out.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), flash flooding is expected to hit New York City from this afternoon and the warning will remain in effect until tomorrow morning local time.

The latest alert from the area says that portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York will be hit with "rain showers with embedded thunderstorms." It is expected that 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall will fall and areas with poor drainage, low-lying areas and urban areas will be the most affected. Rivers are also prone to flooding.

According to the Associated Press, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reissued an alert about "weather-related flight disruptions at LaGuardia Airport in Queens at 11:30 p.m. local time."

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has deployed 200 state troopers, 100 generators and 50 light towers to Brooklyn, as well as personnel and command vehicles from the state Office of Emergency management.

In a statement, he said: "We have been through this situation with Con Ed time and again, and they should have been better prepared—period. This was not a natural disaster; there is no excuse for what has happened in Brooklyn."