Power restored in much of Syracuse after six hour blackout

The Axa Towers are among several buildings that have gone dark during the outage./ Photojournalist Quindell Williams

A National Grid spokesperson says power has been restored to the majority of Syracuse after a six hour long blackout that affected large chunks of the city.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner had said if power was not restored by 7:30 p.m. the city will formulate a plan to evacuate vulnerable residents in areas impacted by Thursday's power outage.

About 1,600 customers were without power in the city. The outage, which Mayor Miner called "significant", started at around 12:30 p.m.

The outage affected a large portion of downtown Syracuse and part of the Syracuse University area.

Virginia Limmiatis. a spokesperson for National Grid, said an issue at the Temple Street substation, which services a large portion of downtown Syracuse, caused the outage.

Limmiatis said the malfunction also caused a fire at the substation. While speaking live by phone on the NBC3 News at 6, Limmiatis said the problem at the substation still remained. "What we're doing is re-routing customers to different feeders and that's how we're restoring that power," said Limmiatis.

Onondaga County had activated its Emergency Management Operations Center in response to the power outage.

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During the outage, Syracuse Police reminded motorists that they must stop at any traffic light that is not operating. Several lights were not working due to the power outage.

The outage forced the Civic Center to close, according to Onondaga County officials. Several other businesses also reportedly closed.

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