Power cut in Southampton

Power cut in Southampton

Power cut in Southampton

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Homes across Southampton were left without electricity tonight following a fire at a sub-station. 

The power cut was caused by a blaze at the Southern Electric sub-station on Western Esplanade at 10.15pm, although the power cut did not affect all places immediately. 

In the city centre, many homes and businesses - including the Eastern docks - had power restored by 11.25pm although the outage affected many parts of the city. 

Some residents only experienced a brief flicker while others were without electricity for much longer. 

Southern Electric said they expected engineers to have power fully restored by 1am. 

The outage meant large parts of the city were without street and traffic lights, with residents taking to the streets to catch a glimpse of the city in complete darkness. 

Many more took to Twitter to talk about the power cut, with the topic becoming one of the site's trending topics due to the large number of people discussing it. 

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12:31am Mon 23 Sep 13

Just another reader says...

Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.
Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness. Just another reader
  • Score: 25

1:02am Mon 23 Sep 13

Someone_New says...

Sounds like that drama "Blackout" which was on C4 recently... so if TV teaches us anything then the whole city has been looted and people have panic bought all the petrol
Sounds like that drama "Blackout" which was on C4 recently... so if TV teaches us anything then the whole city has been looted and people have panic bought all the petrol Someone_New
  • Score: 13

1:06am Mon 23 Sep 13

Always something to say says...

Just another reader wrote:
Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.
Can't imagine why you never hit a target,
[quote][p][bold]Just another reader[/bold] wrote: Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.[/p][/quote]Can't imagine why you never hit a target, Always something to say
  • Score: -20

1:08am Mon 23 Sep 13

Rhombus says...

Blissful silence. Then I remembered I was at Leisureworld ...on a student night. :S
Blissful silence. Then I remembered I was at Leisureworld ...on a student night. :S Rhombus
  • Score: 6

4:39am Mon 23 Sep 13

Just another reader says...

Always something to say wrote:
Just another reader wrote:
Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.
Can't imagine why you never hit a target,
Funny, considering I've held a record or two in the past.
[quote][p][bold]Always something to say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just another reader[/bold] wrote: Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.[/p][/quote]Can't imagine why you never hit a target,[/p][/quote]Funny, considering I've held a record or two in the past. Just another reader
  • Score: 8

9:37am Mon 23 Sep 13

ToastyTea says...

Can we claim any money back from our electric supplier for the inconvenience caused ?
Can we claim any money back from our electric supplier for the inconvenience caused ? ToastyTea
  • Score: -2

11:16am Mon 23 Sep 13

Always something to say says...

Just another reader wrote:
Always something to say wrote:
Just another reader wrote:
Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.
Can't imagine why you never hit a target,
Funny, considering I've held a record or two in the past.
Of which have been broken by better drivers in better teams.
[quote][p][bold]Just another reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always something to say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just another reader[/bold] wrote: Was very eerie looking across the city from my crane at the container terminal. Just a few emergency lights on, Redbridge, Freemantle, Regents Park all in total darkness.[/p][/quote]Can't imagine why you never hit a target,[/p][/quote]Funny, considering I've held a record or two in the past.[/p][/quote]Of which have been broken by better drivers in better teams. Always something to say
  • Score: -7

11:28am Mon 23 Sep 13

Torchie1 says...

Was anyone in the affected area bright enough to realise that rolling blackouts could shortly be planned as the generating base diminishes, or were they worrying about how to post their online objections to any potential Bio-Mass/Nuclear/Sol
ar/Wind-Farm that could help to keep the lights on?
Was anyone in the affected area bright enough to realise that rolling blackouts could shortly be planned as the generating base diminishes, or were they worrying about how to post their online objections to any potential Bio-Mass/Nuclear/Sol ar/Wind-Farm that could help to keep the lights on? Torchie1
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Mon 23 Sep 13

batesieboy says...

I had to laugh at everyone who "ran out to catch a glimpse of the total darkness"!!! What did they see? Nothing, it was all dark...
I had to laugh at everyone who "ran out to catch a glimpse of the total darkness"!!! What did they see? Nothing, it was all dark... batesieboy
  • Score: 7

3:59pm Mon 23 Sep 13

cantthinkofone says...

The power returned just in time - I was about to initiate my zombie apocalypse protocol.
The power returned just in time - I was about to initiate my zombie apocalypse protocol. cantthinkofone
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Mon 23 Sep 13

uptheirons says...

Luckily I had managed to upgrade my iPhone to ios7 and was able to swiftly and efficiently locate the torch feature therefore averting any potential darkness disasters!!
Luckily I had managed to upgrade my iPhone to ios7 and was able to swiftly and efficiently locate the torch feature therefore averting any potential darkness disasters!! uptheirons
  • Score: 1

7:33pm Mon 23 Sep 13

roofspace says...

We were alright because we have a street lamp out side our house...........
We were alright because we have a street lamp out side our house........... roofspace
  • Score: -1

1:21am Tue 24 Sep 13

john kitchen says...

As an old ex Sotonian I was listening to the oldies station at home in Dallas tx so the power outage did not bother me.Any one remember the blackout street in WW2?
As an old ex Sotonian I was listening to the oldies station at home in Dallas tx so the power outage did not bother me.Any one remember the blackout street in WW2? john kitchen
  • Score: 0

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