Power outage hits downtown Detroit

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    Several institutions in downtown Detroit lost power early Wednesday afternoon due to an electric cable failure, a city electricity provider said.

    The failure occurred around 12:45 p.m. ET on the electric system that serves the city of Detroit and a number of other customers, Randi Berris of DTE Energy said.

    The cause of the outage is “extreme heat, cable failure and routine maintenance, all combining causing system overload,” said Bob Warfield, a spokesman for Mayor Dave Bing

    The outage is impacting municipal customers, including the Coleman Young Municipal Center, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the People Mover, Cobo Hall and Wayne State University.

    DTE Energy customers are not impacted by the outage, said Scott Simons, a spokesman for the utility.

    Berris said repairs are expected to take up to 24 hours, but the company hopes power will be restored sooner.

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