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UPDATE: (9:48 p.m.) Power has been restored to the majority of downtown Huntsville. According to Huntsville Utilities, the outage was caused by a transformer failure at a primary substation.
Roughly 4300 people were inside the Von Braun Center at the TobyMac concert when the power went out, which brought the concert to a grinding halt.
The power outage affected the Von Braun Center. Photo Credit: Trey Baker
Kate Parker and her church group were a little surprised when the VBC went dark, "The power just all of a sudden, like half of it was out and we thought it was just preparation for like the next person to come on," said Parker.
The performers made the most of it, "They sang songs acapella and just like with the guitar and a microphone and it was actually really fun," said Parker.
A little over an hour after the power went out people cheered when it came back on and the tunes started up again. A few blocks away the power outage brought an entire restaurant to its knees.
The Owner and Head Chef of The Bottle downtown said his mind instantly went to safety, "Just getting everything turned off and getting everyone outside and making sure everybody is safe, the stairs are working and we get all of our emergency stuff going," said The Bottle Owner Andy Howery.
The outage didn't hurt their business too bad though. They had served all but one of their tables when the restaurant went dark.
Huntsville Utilities reported Thursday around 8 p.m. that there is a power outage in downtown Huntsville from Interstate 565 south to Bob Wallace Avenue and from Jordan Lane east to California Street.
The outage includes the Von Braun Center, where the TOBYMAC Hits Deep Tour was happening Thursday night. According to Tim Hall, a concert-goer, around 8,000 people are currently there, and they are using emergency power. He said power went out around 7:45 p.m. The concert started at 7:30 p.m.
Crews have been dispatched to the downtown substation and service will be restored as quickly as possible, Todd Long with Huntsville Utilities said.
Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m., an outage was reported in northeast Huntsville from Chapman Mountain south to Pratt Avenue and from Meridian Street east to Bankhead Parkway. According to Huntsville Utilities, service has since been restored to the majority of customers in that area.