Paris blackout: Huge power outage across French capital sparks chaos - 'Apocalypse?'

PARIS was hit by a major power cut this morning as the majority of the French capital suffered from a huge power outage.

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The blackout struck at around 10.30am local time, and primarily affected eastern Paris, such as the 19th and 20th arrondissement, in France. The municipalities of Lilas, Bagnolet and Montreuil also experienced a power outage. A whopping 117,000 customers were cut off from electricity, including at least 210,000 homes.

The power outage impacted public transport, especially the T4 line, which was expected to be delayed until at least noon.

RTE France told BFMTV.com that the power outage was caused by an incident on an electrical substation in the Paris region.

People quickly turned to Twitter to discuss the loss in power, with one person asking whether it was the "apocalypse". The user wrote: "Major power cut at home for 10min and I watch on Twitter and apparently it's all Paris ?? Is this the apocalypse?"

Paris blackout: Huge power outage across French capital sparks chaos (Image: Getty)

The power cut has affected the T4 tram line (Image: Getty)

Another person said: "My EDF colleague who tells me that it looks bad for the power outage and that in his opinion it may last a good half-day."

The power was reportedly switched back on soon after, with one local saying the blackout lasted for over 20 minutes.

Enedis, a leading electricity company in France, told ActuParis: "This is an incident related to the transmission of electricity."

They added: "We had a technical incident on an electrical station in eastern Paris at 10:17 am.

More than 200,000 homes were affected by the power cut (Image: GETTY )

"Electricity was restored between ten and 20 minutes after the power cut. "We apologize for the inconvenience."

The neighbouring suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne were also affected by the power cut.

The power cut was in the 19th and 20th arrondisement of Paris (Image: GOOGLE )

One person tweeted: "There was a power outage in all the neighbourhood, all the traders they were in a panic."

One Twitter user posted a picture of a dark shop and said: "Big power outage in the 20th, it feels like we are in the middle of a collapse."

Electricity company Enedis said in a statement: "We have switches which allow us to switch the load very quickly on the stations which are within a radius of 10 kilometres from the faulty transformers.

"These source stations supply the stations located in the districts, hence the large number of customers impacted.”


Source: Paper.li