Memphis, Tenn. — UPDATE (10:20 p.m.): Power was restored around 10:13 p.m.
UPDATE (10 p.m.): MLGW posted the following tweet around 10 p.m.
UPDATE (9:25 p.m.): MLGW issued the following statement:
An underground network fire occurred earlier today causing damage to MLGW’s equipment and resulting in an extended outage in the southern part of downtown Memphis.
The impacts resulting from this outage are still being experienced by many of our customers in the downtown area.
We are working diligently to restore power. We anticipate that power should be restored by 10:00 p.m. this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption that today’s events have caused.
Please know that we are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
UPDATE (8:25 p.m.): The number has now grown to almost 5,000 without power.
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UPDATE (7:35 p.m.): The number has grown to more than 4,100 customers affected.
UPDATE (7 p.m.): Thousands are without power in Downtown Memphis Thursday night.
According to the MLGW outage map, more than 3,200 customers are without power.
It’s unclear if the outages continue to be a result of the network fire that MLGW said impacted power in the area this morning.
The sun is coming up, but Downtown Memphis is still dark.
A network fire is impacting power in the area, according to MLGW.
The power company said the network fire sparked underground at Second Street and Gayso Street and required them to shut down a substation.
Power could continue to be affected Downtown until noon.
The outages are affecting businesses in the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum.
The Museum has delayed its opening today from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Other businesses infected by the outage include AutoZone Park, the FedEx Forum and MLGW’s Administration Building.
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