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Electricity restored to most of the 40,000 CPP customers on Cleveland’s West Side

December 27, 2017 GMT

Electricity restored to most of the 40,000 CPP customers on Cleveland’s West Side

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Public Power said electricity was restored to most of the 40,000 people who were left in the dark for hours Tuesday evening on the city’s West Side.

The widespread outage was caused by a fire at the substation on West 41st Street. The outage lasted for more than three hours in frigid temperatures and snowy conditions.

Crews continued to work beyond 10 p.m. to restore power to other parts of the city.

Power has been restored to the majority of the west side. It is still out on the West Bank of the Flats, that repair should take place within the next hour.— ClevelandPublicPower (@clepublicpower) December 27, 2017

This transformer is the source of the problem. pic.twitter.com/GeH5A5YoIH— ClevelandPublicPower (@clepublicpower) December 27, 2017

The outage forces Cleveland city officials to change the location of a warming center and for drivers to use caution when approaching malfunctioning traffic lights and intersections.