Lights are back on in Middle Village after transformer problem sparks afternoon outage

This map shows the areas of Middle Village affected by a power outage on May 25.
Screenshot of Con Edison outage map

Power has been restored to most of the Middle Village residents affected by a power outage on Friday afternoon.

Councilman Robert Holden reported on Facebook at about 3:25 p.m. on May 25 that close to 500 Con Edison customers had no power.

The outage affects a residential area of Middle Village generally bounded by Penelope and Furmanville Avenues on the north, 73rd Place on the west, Metropolitan Avenue on the south and 78th Street on the east. Homes in most of this area are powered through overhead utility lines.

A Con Edison spokesperson told QNS that the outage occurred at 2:58 p.m. and was the result of “contact” made with overhead cables along Metropolitan Avenue. Crews are not exactly sure what made the contact that triggered the outage.

“It could be a squirrel, a balloon, a tree limb” or something else that touched the lines, the spokesperson explained.

At 4:20 p.m., Holden remarked on Facebook that, after speaking with Con Edison officials, he learned that a “defective transformer” was believed to have sparked the outage, and “they are giving an estimated time of restoration (ETR) of 8 p.m.; however, they believe it can be restored sooner.”

As of 9:30 p.m. on May 25, the Con Edison outage map indicated that just a handful of customers were still in the dark.

This story was updated at 9:36 p.m. on May 25.