Power restored in some areas amid New York heatwave

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Thousands of people across New York City went without power overnight as the Big Apple deals with high heat and humidity.

Energy firm Con Edison restored power to about 13,000 people in southeast Brooklyn, according to a statement released at 1am Monday.

About 53,000 customers were without power late Sunday night, but that number was down to fewer than 20,000 by 5am Monday.

The power cuts primarily affected Brooklyn and Queens.

About 20,000 customers in Brooklyn were taken off power on Sunday so the energy firm could make repairs and prevent a bigger outage, the mayor, Bill de Blasio, had said.

Mr de Blasio said New York City’s emergency management was adding personnel on the ground across that part of Brooklyn, including at nursing homes and adult care facilities, to respond to emergencies and keep people safe.

The Democratic mayor had tweeted that Con Ed would start bringing those “customers back 500 at a time around midnight”.

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