Power restored after downtown blackout

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Power was restored to downtown Memphis around 2:15 Saturday morning.

Beale Street and the surrounding area lost power at 8:35 p.m. Friday.

MLGW estimated 1500 addresses were affected.

More repairs will need to be made this weekend.

Several emergency lights were set up, and police directed traffic.

Power also went out in the South Main area and Union Avenue downtown.

Police cleared Beale Street around 10:30 p.m.

MLGW said part of a substation went down.

People who gathered around police cars at Second and Beale told us they heard a big boom and the power went out.

Manhole covers on Second Street also dislodged, with flames and smoke coming out, due to an underground fire.

The air had to clear before a crews could go down and make repairs.

Crews investigated if the problem is a gas leak, but determined it was not.

Reporter Jessica Gertler was told people were stuck in elevators at the Peabody Hotel and the Westin.

With customers leaving, businesses said they lost a lot of money.

One couple who was at BB King’s all evening had a tab worth several hundred dollars when the power went out.

Business owners were worried people won’t return Saturday to pay up, and that their food will spoil.

The outage did not appear on MLGW’s outage map because downtown is on its own grid.

If traffic lights go out again and police aren’t directing traffic, treat the intersection as a stop.

MLGW headquarters was also without power, though their emergency operation center out east did have electricity.

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