A power failure, said to be the worst in New York's History, stranded thousands of people in stifling hot underground trains and lifts in Manhattan August 17.
A power failure, said to be the worst in New York's History, stranded thousands of people in stifling hot underground trains and lifts in Manhattan August 17. The present heatwave with temperatures reaching 930 Fahrenheit was blamed for the cut-out.
As New Yorkers were doing their best to keep going in the general hot-house atmosphere, with children crowding around water hydrants and cart-horses feeding on ice cream, twenty 13,000 volt feeder lines at the Hell Gate plant ceased to operate.
All traffic lights in the affected area went out, causing a gigantic horn-honking traffic jam. Lifts and underground trains stopped immediately, air-conditioning units failed in many-storeyed sky scrapers. One sixth of New York was without electric power.
Firemen went out to rescue people trapped in elevator shafts; generators and emergency equipment were rushed to hospitals where iron lungs had to be run on car batteries. 2,000 policemen due to go off shift were kept on duty.
The Edison Consolidated Company put some 4,000 men on the job of tracing and removing the fault, and eight hours later power was restored in most areas.