I'm feeling a little skeptical about that analysis. Three major cities at the same time? There wasn't a heat wave pulling on the grids.
"The loss of power due to a Con Edison equipment failure during the morning rush hour caused a cascading effect and impacted the lives of thousands of commuters," [New York Mayor Andrew] Cuomo said in a statement. "Simply put, this was completely unacceptable.”
The utility company, Con Edison, said one of its electric lines triggered the outage. Spokesman Allan Drury told AP it is not clear how long the repairs will take or how the failure occurred.
Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.
The utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, said a series of outages began at 9 am and within 30 minutes about 90,000 customers lost power.
In San Francisco, the power outages were widespread.
PGE officials are pointing to a substation fire as the primary cause of the outage.