Power outage hits Washington, White House
A power outage Friday caused a blackout in parts of downtown Washington, including the White House, leaving thousands without electricity and causing major subway delays, the utility company said.
A power outage Friday caused a blackout in parts of downtown Washington, including the White House, according to an Agence France-Press release ,
The blackout area includes the White House, although an AFP correspondent said it appeared to be business as usual, if only with a few less lights on.
"We are running on generator power," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where the vice-president's office is based, has also been affected.
"About 7,000 customers are without power," said David Morehead, a spokesman for the PEPCO utility. He told AFP a substation went down around 1120 GMT.
Local radio WTOP said the outage covered a 30-block radius, and was affecting traffic lights along several main streets.
Staff were seen standing outside many buildings in the downtown area, including about 30 people outside the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
Subway operator Metro said trains were moving but passengers should expect long delays, while a number of stations were operating on emergency lighting, "so they are significantly darker than usual."
Escalators and ticket machines were not working, it said.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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