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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “urgently” called on New Yorkers to reduce electric use to avoid blackouts amid a sweltering heat wave.

“Our electric system is dealing with real strain right now because of the severity of heat we are experiencing today, after four days in a roll of intense heat,” de Blasio said. “LaGuardia temp 98 degrees has set a record, we have a real challenge on our hands, immediately, immediately reduce the use of electricity in your home or business, this is very serious stuff, we need to assure our electric supply is protected and avoid any disruption.”

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Power outages were reported in parts of New York City on Wednesday and left residents in Brooklyn without air conditioning.

ABC 7 reported:

Scattered power outages were reported in several parts of New York City Wednesday amid another day of excessive heat.

An outage left traffic lights dark and residents without air conditioning in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in the area underneath the BQE around Vandervoort Street.

Indications were that the power could remain out for much of the day.

Con Edison reduced voltage by 8% to certain neighborhoods in Queens while crews worked to repair equipment. The utility was asking customers throughout New York City and Westchester County to conserve energy during the heat wave.

The voltage reduction covers an area bounded by the Grand Central Parkway on the north, Jamaica Bay on south, the Nassau County line on the east, and Queen Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway on the west.

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