A severe winter blast is hitting the country right now, dropping more than a foot of snow in some areas of the Midwest.
The storm stretches from Georgia to the New England states.
In Queens, New York, heavy rains and blinding snow were initially blamed for knocking out a power plant transformer. However, Con Edison released a statement Friday morning explaining that an electrical fault at a substation had caused an electrical arc.
“The electrical fault on the 138,000-volt equipment caused a sustained electrical arc flash that was visible across a wide area. The affected equipment was isolated to a single section within the substation,” the power company said.
Resident Madeleine Frank Reeves witnessed the incident from her Upper West Side apartment.
“It was pitch black outside and then suddenly the whole side of the eastern sky was lighting up and changing colors,” she recalled. “It lasted a couple of minutes.”
The arc even caused parts of LaGuardia Airport to lose power.
Meanwhile, the winter weather had travel at a standstill in several states, with I-70 in Kansas shut down Thursday for more than 100 miles in each direction.
And in Louisiana, heavy rains knocked out a transformer, setting off an impressive light show.
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