A power outage, most likely heat-related, has knocked out electricity for 1,400 Con Ed customers in Brooklyn, mainly in the Borough Park area. Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert tells us that 700 of those poor sweltering souls are clustered in one area on 14th Avenue. The exact cause of the outage, which started around 4 p.m. yesterday, is still unclear. "It's most likely heat-related equipment failure," Olert says. "Our first priority is to restore power, then figure out what caused it."
Con Ed says it hopes to get the juice flowing to those customers again by this afternoon. Hardly any outages are reported elsewhere in the city, except for Sheepshead Bay and Park Slope, which have also been affected by the same problem hitting Borough Park. Fortunately, the loss of power did not shut down the smart phones of Brooklyn, which were used to share news of the crisis with the world:
Seriously, you would think with the monopoly Con Edison has on #NYC power, they would deliver better service during a heat wave.
— Maria Castro (@ToughCookieMom) June 22, 2012
Scattered power outages, Con Ed rolling back power.. Incredible, Consolidated Ed fails NY again on just 3 days of hot weather. #pathetic
— kupkrazy (@kupkrazy) June 22, 2012
LOL, I feel like every year Con Ed is not ready for the NYC area summer heat. It's the same shit every year. Shouldn't they be ready?
— Dara Adeeyo (@DAdeeyo) June 22, 2012
Con Ed has been robocalling thousands of customers in NYC since the heat wave started, pleading with them to turn off all non-essential appliances. The utility company also reduced voltage to the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Park Slope; Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace; Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush, and East Flatbush; Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. You can check out Con Ed's real-time map for up-to-the minute info on power outages.