UPDATE: Officials give update on cause of Manhattan power outage

NBCNews.com:

Power was restored to the heart of New York City after a major outage Saturday impacted an estimated 72,000 customers, mostly in Manhattan’s midtown and Upper West Side.

The article goes on to state the following:

Con Edison said it completed power restoration to all customers on the West Side of Manhattan shortly before midnight and the last of six electrical networks was back in service.

“After ‘analyzing the large volumes of data,’ the utility said it had ‘identified the issues with the relay protection system,” according to  report by The Wall Street Journal.

“Based on our experience with the transmission and distribution system, we initially believed the 13,000-volt cable fault was unrelated to the transmission disturbance,” said Con Edison in a statement. “While the cable fault was an initiating event, the customer outages were the result of the failure of the protective relay systems.”

Mayor Bill De Blasio said officials were “as certain as we can be” that terrorism or a cyberattack were not to blame.

“The declaration came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attacked the utility for its handling of Saturday’s blackout,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The governor said the outage, which took five hours to fully fix, endangered New Yorkers. ‘This is Russian roulette, you know? People can die,’ he said in a radio interview on WNYC-FM.”

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