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Heat Brings Outages, Voltage Reductions To Some; Fun To Others

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The second day of near-triple-digit temperatures brought power outages and voltage reductions to thousands across the city.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday evening, Con Edison is reporting more than 2,500 outages across the five boroughs. 1,019 of those outages are in Brooklyn, while 906 are in Queens.

The company has reduced voltage to 17 Brooklyn communities and 15 Queens communities as a result of electrical equipment problems.

They are requesting that customers in those neighborhoods do not use energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers and air conditioners. They also ask those customers to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the equipment problems are resolved.

The scorching heat didn't stop people from enjoying free outdoor dancing lessons at "Sunset Salsa" in Chelsea Thursday evening.

"We're not going to go too crazy," said Dalia Castro-Pozo, the founder of Sunset Salsa. "Have fun in the heat."

In Union Square, on their way to air-conditioned salvation, people sought a patch of shade, kept the water handy and the clothes airy.

"I'm from Egypt, so I learned to keep the clothes looser than tight," said one man on the street.

"It's hot enough to bring your heart to a standstill," said another.

A heat advisory remains in effect through Friday evening. Cooling centers will remain open throughout the five boroughs.

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