Hundreds of people are left without power this afternoon somewhere between Nostrand Avenue and Knapp Street, between Avenue Y and Voorhies Avenue. The cause of the outage is unclear at this time.

We first heard from two tipsters in the area, one near Haring Street and the other on Ford Street off of Avenue Z who said they lost power. The Haring Street tipster Tweeted the following over to us:

@SheepsheadBites heard a loud boom and the power went out, sounded like the boom came from Knapp St”

The Ford Street resident said she believed the source of the outage was near Haring Street.

We are awaiting a return call from Con Edison about the source of the outage, but the outage map indicates that 462 customers are without power, centered in Batchelder Street between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue.

According to the map, service will be restored by 9:00 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE (3:37 p.m.): The Haring Street resident said her power has already been restored. The Ford Street resident remains without power.

UPDATE: (3:51 p.m.): We just heard back from Con Edison, who confirmed that 462 customers remain out of power as of this writing. A customer is defined by a meter, not by the number of people in a household.

The outage was caused by wind knocking tree limbs into the power lines, causing the wires to touch and fuses to blow.

The boundaries of the outage are as follows: Haring Street to the west, Knapp Street to the east, Avenue Z to the north and Emmons Avenue to the south. The first complaint was at 2:55 p.m.

The Con Edison spokesperson added that though the map indicates power restoration to be at 9:00 p.m., they’re hoping to restore service by late this afternoon.

UPDATE (4:09 p.m.): Just heard from our Ford Street tipster: her power has been restored as well. Looks like Con Edison is getting the job done right quick.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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  • Disney453

    I live on Ford Street … Just got one of those phone updates from Con Ed saying power won’t be restored until 10pm!!!!  Are they kidding??? 

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  • Boo3939

    Crazy things are happening…in something that has to be unrelated…a manhole exploded near my office in Manhattan caused by an electrical transformer……

    http://www.dnainfo.com/20120326/murray-hill-gramercy/manhole-explodes-on-sixth-avenue-as-transformers-catch-fire

  • Disney453

    Ford Street just got power …. hopefully we all did now!

  • Guest

    just heard and saw a huge spark on ave x and ocean ave ! probably has to do with the power outages? 

  • barkingspider07

    There was also a power outage in lower Manhattan in the Union Square area on that same evening.  It was like a mirror image of the sheepshead outage – people heard a loud bang and then there was no power.