Cyber-attack ruled out in United Kingdom power outage

Cyber-attack ruled out in United Kingdom power outage

National Grid, which owns the electricity transmission system in England and Wales, said there had been "issues" with two power generators and the problems had now been resolved.

National Grid operations director Duncan Burt said Friday's blackout was caused when two power stations failed nearly simultaneously, leading the system to cut off power to some parts of the country in order to preserve the rest.

Similar outages were also reported in the Midlands, South West, and Wales, where power lines are run by Western Power Distribution.

Delays and cancelations continued into Saturday at London's King's Cross, one of the country's busiest train stations. Striking during rush hour, the blackout left commuters stranded in the city.

It also saw police officers manning several junctions in London as traffic lights also suffered power cuts. Ipswich Hospital said it was being affected by the power cut in that area, as its back-up generator had failed to work.

"We are investigating the cause, working closely with National Grid System Operator, which balances the UK's electricity system", said a spokesperson.

According to power utilities around the country, almost one million people had to grapple with the blackout, including 300,000 in London and southeast England and 500,000 in the Midlands, southwest England and Wales.

Operations director Duncan Burt said there had been a "near simultaneous loss of two large generators".

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He added: "This will require careful study to make sure that we do learn any lessons that come out of it and that the next time this happens disruption is minimised and hopefully a lot less than it was last night".

People attempted to direct traffic as the power cut caused traffic chaos.

A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid, which serves Yorkshire and the North East, said 110,000 of its customers lost power, while at least 26,000 people were without power in the North West of England, Electricity North West said.

'All trains were stopped while our back-up signalling system started up'.

"All the traffic lights were down, but there were no police present, which meant it was risky to cross - cars weren't stopping either".

"We are in the process of restoring customers now and will provide further updates as soon as possible for specific areas".

Traffic lights in the capital are also experiencing some problems and the Victoria Line on the London Underground is suspended, Transport for London confirmed.

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