ConEd: Heat Wave Could Bring Another NYC Blackout

CBS News reports:

An upcoming heat wave could lead to power outages in the central and eastern U.S., including the major metropolitan areas of New York City, Washington and Chicago, experts say.

A widespread blackout in New York City on Saturday left much of Manhattan without electricity. That power outage was not caused by heat, but by a transformer fire, according to New York fire officials.

With temperatures forecast to reach 100 degrees in New York City by Saturday, according to the Weather Channel, a Con Edison spokesperson warned of additional blackouts.

The New York Daily News reports:

Mother Nature will crank up the heat again Friday, with temperatures expected to hit as high as 93 degrees — but it will feel more like 103, according to early predictions.

Saturday will be a scorcher, with temps soaring up to 95 degrees, but the heat index will make it feel like 105. Sunday will again be around 93 degrees, with a real feel of 104, AccuWeather predicts.

“We expect that there could be service outages — those things happen during heat waves,” Con Edison spokesman Mike Clendenin said.