A blackout hit more than 40,000 people in New York City’s Manhattan borough on Saturday evening, plunging subway stations and shops into darkness and sending thousands of people into the streets after an apparent transformer explosion on the Upper West Side, officials said.
A Reuters witness in the area reported hearing an explosion at about 7 p.m. (2300 GMT), and a New York City Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were on the scene of a transformer fire.
The entire subway system is out..
Here is the creepy part
It comes exactly 42 years to the day – and very nearly to the hour – since a famous blackout plunged New York into darkness on July 13, 1977.
Power went out throughout the city after a severe thunderstorm destroyed crucial power lines.