Power Outage in USA on April 24 2017 11:28 AM (UTC).
Thousands are without power in West Lubbock Monday morning after an incident at a power substation overnight. Just after 2:00 Monday morning there was a fire at a substation at 11th and Milwaukee Avenue. A transformer blew at 4th and Slide Avenue. According to an LP and L spokesman, they experienced an equipment failure at a major substation in west Lubbock, which affected thousands of customers. LP and L says there was an equipment failure at the McDonald's substation around 2:00 am. That substation is located on Milwaukee Avenue between 4th and 19th streets. The cause of the failure is unknown right now. Initially, 7,700 customers lost power. 2,000 customers are still without power as of 5:40 am. Crews are on the scene working to restore power, they say the majority of customers should have power by 6:30 am. Lubbock police officers are directing traffic at five intersections where traffic lights are down. The affected intersections are Milwaukee and Canyon West entrance, 43rd and Milwaukee, 34th and Milwaukee, 19th and Milwaukee, 19th and Iola. Drivers should avoid the areas if possible. Power lines were down at Milwaukee Avenue and the northbound lanes were blocked off from 19th street to 4th street. KCBD spoke with the Lubbock Police Department, and they say right now it's possible a car crashed into a pole near the area. However, LPD is also without power, so they can only give limited details. According to the US National Weather Service in Lubbock, arcing occurred for several minutes following the incident. This is a developing situation and we will continue to update the story as we get more information.