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Power outage hits downtown Little Rock

A power outage left parts of downtown Little Rock in darkness Tuesday night.

A power outage left parts of downtown Little Rock in darkness Tuesday night.

The outage, which began about 8:45 p.m., was affecting downtown west of Scott Street.

Entergy spokesman Kerri Case said a substation downtown on Gaines Street failed and caused the outage. Case said it was not immediately clear how many Entergy customers were affected, or when power might be restored.

Several city blocks and downtown skyscrapers, including the Regions Building and Simmons Tower, were still in the dark as of 10:30 p.m.

The outage affected KATV's broadcast Tuesday night. It also affected operations at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette nearby on East Capitol Avenue. A wire editor tweeted that the newsroom was editing stories using flashlights and laptop computers.

Businesses, apartments, hotels and other Entergy customers east of Scott Street did not appear to be affected by the outage.

Entergy tweeted earlier Tuesday that temperatures under 25 degrees cause an abnormally high demand for electricity. Below-freezing temperatures have lingered in Arkansas, and across other parts of the country, for the past week.

"In areas with all-electric homes, the demand on really cold days is even higher than on the hottest days of summer," Entergy said in the tweet. "The outages can take longer to restore in cold temps."


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