A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning.
Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.
A power outage struck a wide area of San Francisco on Friday, blacking out about 90,000 utility customers, trapping people in stuck elevators, snarling traffic as intersection signals went dark and forcing shops and restaurants to close
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says a massive power outage Friday that shut down much of San Francisco is nearly over.
“Happy to report no major injuries due to #poweroutage and @PGE4Me says all power restored by 5pm,” the mayor tweeted.
The outage left an estimated 90,000 consumers — roughly 1 in 10 residents — without electricity
Earlier in the day, an outage also hit New York, where subway riders found their commutes temporarily halted.
In an early assessment, authorities found no indication the outages were coordinated or related. San Francisco officials blamed equipment failure…. right.
@janadoran Outtage at a major midtown Manhattan subway hub this morning, crippling the system. Also power outtages at LAX and LA. Only others I know.
— Kristopher George (@Geotopher) April 21, 2017
Power Outage in New York Friday
The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.
The MTA and Con Ed are still working to determine the cause of the outage.
Power Outage in Los Angeles Friday
Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.
While the outage was an inconvenience, it does not appear to be as widespread as it’s San Francisco counterpart.
Power Outage in San Francisco Friday
By far the largest outage of the morning happened in San Francisco, where, as of 1 p.m., it appears that the majority of the city is out of commission.
The massive outage is closing BART stations, shutting down traffic signals, and affecting office buildings. Residents and workers in the area are calling it “totally surreal.”
Power outtages in San Fran & part of NYC?
Here comes the theories….
"Was it an EMP power grid attack?".
"Was it Putin?"
— EAST COAST PATRIOT🏛 (@MzMJ106) April 21, 2017
If this was a hack, a attack by a foreign government you can expect the U.S. to do a retaliatory strike back.
Things are heating up.