About 800 Con Edison customers lost power after a manhole fire on West 190th Street in Washington Heights. It happened around 5 a.m. Thursday.
Power problems were spread around the area as the heat soared into the mid-90s for a second day Wednesday, and Con Edison said many factors – including damage dating back to the winter – are to blame.
The line the MTA was counting on failed just outside what was called the freeze pit.
Con Ed said it wants to spend $1 billion to protect critical equipment from storms. The first $400 million installment will mean a rate hike of 3 percent.
The utility believes the manhole covers are being sold for scrap metal.
When one summer ends Con Ed begins preparing for the next year’s round of extreme heat and humidity.
The next three days are expected to see temperatures in the middle to upper 90’s. AccuWeather RealFeel temps could hit 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon.