Cable failure sparks Bayside power outage that hit nearly 1,400 customers: Con Edison

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Some 1,400 homes and businesses across Bayside lost power in the middle of the hottest day of the year to date as a result of an underground cable mishap, according to Con Edison.

The scattered outage took place at about 2:42 p.m. on June 13 across an area generally bounded by 33rd Avenue to the north, Northern Boulevard to the south, the Cross Island Parkway to the east and the Clearview Expressway to the west.

Con Edison spokesperson Allan Drury told QNS that an underground power cable failed in the area, triggering the outage. The cause remains under investigation, but Drury said it was likely heat-related; temperatures soared to record highs across the city on Tuesday, with nearby LaGuardia Airport reaching 101 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Utility workers scrambled to get the 1,395 affected customers back online and did so in stages, with the first 603 customers having their power restored at 6:40 p.m. By 7:33 p.m., Drury said, all of the affected Bayside customers had their electricity back.

Bayside residents may find Con Edison crews in the neighborhood on Wednesday as repairs continue, Drury added.

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