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Nearly 1 million customers in London and other parts of England were left without power Friday when a failure hit two power generators on the National Grid, officials say. Power was quickly restored in many of the affected areas.

The incident began at about 5 p.m. on Friday when more than 930,000 customers in London, southeast England, and other parts of the country lost power. As a result, traffic lights were out and many trains in the affected areas were briefly stopped.

“We experienced issues with two power generators causing loss of power in selected UK areas,” the National Grid said in a statement. “The issue is now resolved and the system has returned to normal. Anyone continuing to experience a local issue should contact their local Distribution Network Operator for assistance.”

The total number of affected customers was not immediately known, but an initial count showed at least 936,000 affected customers across England, including 500,000 customers in Western Power Distribution’s area and 300,000 customers in the UK Power Networks, which includes London.

People in many of the affected areas said the power came back on within 30 to 40 minutes. Western Power Distribution said 90 percent of their affected customers had their power restored by 5:45 p.m., and work was continuing to restore power for everyone. All issues were resolved by 6:30 p.m.

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