Thousands Lose Power In NYC Area Amid Heat Blast

NEW YORK (AP) -
A man works near a water fountain in Trenton, N.J., where an excessive heat warning was in effect until 8 p.m., Monday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A man works near a water fountain in Trenton, N.J., where an excessive heat warning was in effect until 8 p.m., Monday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

More than 16,000 homes and businesses in and around New York City lost power Monday as the electric network grapples with one of the summer’s hottest days.

Con Ed reported over 11,000 outages on Staten Island and scattered ones elsewhere. PSEG Long Island said over 5,000 customers were without electricity as of Monday evening, mainly in Nassau County.

Earlier Monday, Con Ed reduced power to 138,000 homes and businesses in Queens and Brooklyn and asked residents to conserve electricity. The utility said it reduced voltage in those areas by 8 percent to protect equipment while fixing it.

PSEG Long Island activated a voluntary plan that lets it control air-conditioning use from afar at some homes and businesses.