Power outage hits Detroit municipal buildings, People Mover, traffic lights, Wayne State & more

DETROIT (WXYZ) - POWER OUTAGE UPDATE:  http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/persistant-power-problem-in-downtown-detroit

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Some of Detroit's municipal buildings will remain closed Thursday following a major power outage that occurred in the city on Wednesday afternoon.

At Cobo, where the Wayne County Board of Canvassers is recounting Detroit's August 6 primary election ballots, workers and observers are alerted not to report on Thursday due to the power outage. Additionally, all divisions of the Wayne County Clerk's Office will remain closed on Thursday.

The Frank Murphy Hall of Justice will be open for limited services on Thursday which can be found here: https://www.3rdcc.org/ The Bashara  preliminary examination is still expected to continue on Thursday, however, at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

Downtown traffic lights and the People Mover are without power.

Classes at Wayne State University main campus are also canceled through Thursday evening. All extension center and medical school classes will continue as scheduled. Online courses with scheduled Thursday meeting times are also canceled. You can check-in at wayne.edu for more information.

City crews and DTE Energy are working to fix two main electrical lines to the city grid, according to Nowling. He tells 7 Action News the outage was done as a precautionary measure.

Buildings without power include the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the McNamara Federal Building, parts of Wayne State University, the Detroit People Mover and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library.

The Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Historical Museum are also closed Thursday.

The City of Detroit Public Lighting Department provides electrical power to these sites. DTE Energy tells 7 Action News they are assisting in the effort to bring electrical service back online.

DTE says a cable failure occurred at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday

They ask that workers not use air conditioning or turn on non-essential appliances when it's restored.

The Detroit Transportation Corporation which operates the People Mover issued a statement saying they had, "Suspended People Mover service effective immediately, due to a reduction of available power for the system."

At the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, lights went out in the courtroom just a few minutes after Bob Bashara's former mistress had taken the stand in his preliminary hearing in the First Degree Murder case of his wife, Jane. The court building was quickly evacuated.

In June, the emergency manager announced that the city's Public Lighting Department would be phased out and shut down over the next several years.

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