Power outage hits downtown Detroit

Several institutions in downtown Detroit lost power early Wednesday afternoon due to an electric cable failure, a city electricity provider said.

The failure occurred around 12:45 p.m. ET on the electric system that serves the city of Detroit and a number of other customers, Randi Berris of DTE Energy said.

The company is working with the city to determine the cause of the failure and to help restore service to affected customers, Berris said. 

The public lighting department has 115 customers, but there is currently no information as to how many of those customers are affected by the outage. 

The Detroit News reported that City Hall was one of the buildings without power. CBS Detroit reported that the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and the People Mover are also dark.

The City of Detroit Public Lighting Department provides electrical power to these sites, WXYZ reported. 

Berris said repairs are expected to take up to 24 hours, but the company hopes power will be restored sooner.