Austin Energy: Tripped circuit breakers caused outage for thousands

FILE - Austin Energy decal. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
FILE - Austin Energy decal. (KXAN File Photo/Paul Shelton)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Energy said crews have restored power in several north Austin neighborhoods after a massive power outage that started just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

At 4:11 a.m., an Austin Energy tweet said all power had been restored in the area from Payton Gin Road north up Highway 183 to Braker Lane and west to Kramer Lane.

Austin Energy had earlier estimated 22,305 customers were without power but revised the number once crews were able to assess the scene.

An Austin Energy spokesperson says circuit breakers were tripped at a substation on Justin Lane and Lamar Boulevard causing the electricity to be shut off but could not say what caused the circuits to trip.

Equipment failure is suspected. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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