Cause of campus-wide power outage still unknown


Parts of the Storrs Campus were without power on the afternoon of April 23rd (File Photo/The Daily Campus)

A power outage knocked out power for much of the University of Connecticut Tuesday afternoon, sending students out of lecture halls without electricity. It is currently unknown how many buildings were left without power. 

“Pretty much the entire campus [was out],” university spokesperson Mike Enright said.  

The power was out between 3:30 p.m. and 4:10 p.m., with the WiFi out for slightly longer. While some professors cancelled classes, others continued to lecture despite dark rooms. No formal alert or announcement was sent out by the university.  

Eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke and emergency vehicles around Engineering II at the time of the outage. 

The cause of the outage is currently being determined, Enright said. 

“The priority was to get campus running again,” Enright said. 

Marlese Lessing is the news editor for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at She tweets @marlese_lessing.

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