Spectrum outage in New York City shuts down 3.5 million homes and businesses

NEW YORK — A spectrum outage in Manhattan shut down 3,500 homes and offices Tuesday, shutting down thousands of electric and other customers in a flash of lightning and intense power outages across the city.

The outage started around 7 p.m. and lasted about four hours, shutting off power to nearly 1.5 millions customers, including businesses and public buildings.

The city has more than 11 million residents and nearly 500,000 homes.

The outage affected thousands of customers in New Jersey, where some 3,600 homes and buildings were without power for up to two days.

Affected areas included parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, according to the city’s utility, the New York Power Authority.

The power outage affected businesses, schools, and hospitals.

In the Bronx and Queens, nearly a third of the schools had to close.

In Manhattan, more than a quarter of schools were closed and more than 2,000 schools were without lights.

The outage was a result of a storm surge caused by the storm, according the utility.

New York Gov.

Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon that his administration would send additional supplies to the state to help address the problem.