CES 2018: Power Outage, Heavy Rains, and Traffic Creates Problems

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At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Wednesday, the unthinkable happened: There was a power outage. Okay, how about every light bulb in the Las Vegas Convention Center? The lights - and everything else - were off for two hours.

CES have announced online that "We've been informed by Nevada Power that the outage has been addressed and they are in the process of restoring power".

Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power.

Although South and North Hall appear to have power, there have been reports that the power outages briefly extended to other areas in Vegas, including nearby hotels. "A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers".

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THE WORLD'S largest technology show ground to a halt for more than two hours today when a blackout plunged some of its biggest showpieces into darkness, causing evacuations, huge queues, and mass frustration.

It seems the Consumer Electronics Show ran out of power. For an event that showcases the latest and greatest of technological advances, a power outage is all it takes to bring all of it down to earth.

"We have to pay thousands of dollars to have one booth at CES - even the smallest one", said a spokesman from a Korean company. Intel tweeted a photo of the darkened convention center with the caption, "Introducing Blackout: The biggest thing to hit CES 2018 since 5G". Huawei Mobile also promoted its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, saying, "Caught in the #CESBlackout?".

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