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TEP: Power restored to 50,000 customers

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A large portion of Tucson and other areas were without power for at least an hour this afternoon. A large portion of Tucson and other areas were without power for at least an hour this afternoon.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A power outage affecting a large portion of Tucson left 50,000 customers without power for over an hour on Monday.

According to a Tucson Electric Power spokesman, power was restored to all customers by 3 p.m.

TEP said that at about 1:30 p.m. a circuit breaker in a substation was tripped, and other circuit breakers tripped at other substations because of the sudden increase in electrical load. No cause for the tripped circuit breaker was found.

Early speculation points to wind being a factor in the outage, according to spokesman Joe Barrios. He said the initial investigation found no signs of theft at the breakers.

According to Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tucson Police Department, the power outage affected an area from East Grant Road to East Los Reales Road and South Craycroft Road to South Sandario Road.

Officers could be seen directing traffic at major intersections without power, like Broadway and Alvernon during the outage.

Businesses near that intersection, and various other locations around the city, were left scrambling when the power went out towards the end of the lunch hour rush.

"I thought, 'oh no, what did we do wrong?'," said Andrews Guillen-Givens, a manager at Smashburger on Broadway.

He said all the food products had to be rushed into the walk-in fridge and freezer and some staff were sent home early.

After 10 minutes without power, Guillen-Givens said he started to worry about the long run. His crew hustled back to work when the power switched back on.

"I think it was off for just enough," he said. "Any more time and it would have been real serious for the business."

A spokesman with the Tucson International Airport said the airport and Ryan Field west of Tucson had to use backup generators during the outage.

There is no word on if flights were affected by the power outage.

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