UPDATE: Power back on, outage caused by tree hitting transformer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Business ground to a halt on Tuesday night due to a power outage in South Bend. At 5:45 p.m., the store fronts were dark at Eddy Street Commons, and many of the business owners were not able to serve dinner or help customers.
A lot of the business owners there did not initially know what happened. The General Manager at the parking garage had spoken with a representative from the electric company who said that a blown transformer may have caused the outage. ABC 57 News was able to confirm that it was caused by a tree falling on a transformer.
They anticipated a wait-time of at least a couple hours before the lights were back on again, but the power just turned back on at 6:20 p.m.
During the outage, stylists from the Nicholas J Salon took their business outside and cut their customers' hair using the last bit of daylight left on the street. Many of the other business owners milled around outside, unsure of what to do, but wait.
Now that the power is back up, business will resume as usual. The power was only out for about an hour.