New York City Mayor De Blasio Urges Residents to Reduce Electric Use During Heat Emergency

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday afternoon that the city was experiencing a heat emergency and “urgently, urgently” called for New Yorkers to cut down electric use.

“Our electric system is dealing with real strain right now because of the severity of heat we are experiencing today, after four days in a roll of intense heat,” de Blasio said. “LaGuardia temp 98 degrees has set a record, we have a real challenge on our hands, immediately, immediately reduce the use of electricity in your home or business, this is very serious stuff, we need to assure our electric supply is protected and avoid any disruption.”

Scattered power outages were reported in several parts of New York City Wednesday amid another day of excessive heat.

An outage left traffic lights dark and residents without air conditioning in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in the area underneath the BQE around Vandervoort Street.

Indications were that the power could remain out for much of the day.

Ariel video from NewsCopter 7 showed a power line on fire in Bushwick, which left nearly 400 customers in the dark.

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Source: ABC 7 NY