NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – MacArthur Center in Downtown Norfolk experienced a large power outage Tuesday afternoon.
Dominion Virginia Power received a call around 2:20 p.m. that 245 customers at the mall and surrounding businesses had lost power. According to Le-Ha Anderson with the power company, all of the customers except for the mall got power back by 3:18 p.m.
A transformer failed and needs to be replaced. Anderson said that repair could take until as late as 10 p.m. to complete. In the meantime, she said crews worked to reroute the electricity to restore power to most of the mall as quickly as possible. That was completed shortly before 5 p.m.
Jim Wofford, MacArthur Center General Manager, told WAVY.com all the merchants had to secure their stores until the power comes back on. However, customers are not being made to leave the mall, and some are staying so they can continue shopping when the lights come back on.
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