Power outage forces WETM off the air for nearly eight hours

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The power is back on!

Downtown Elmira is finally out of the dark after a nearly 8 hour power outage.

According to NYSEG, a faulty transformer at the substation on First Street is to blame for the outage.

Service was restored at 7:23 a.m.

The outage happened just before midnight, around the time the overnight crew comes in to get ready for the morning show 18 News Today.

The power issue made for a bit of scrambling in the WETM-TV newsroom forcing us off the air for nearly 8 hours.

We took to Facebook Live all morning to give updates on the latest news and weather.

Elmira Police stayed on the intersections warning drivers of the hazards.

There were 638 customers affected.
 

 

 

 


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