Large parts of England and Wales were hit Friday 9th August late afternoon by a major power outage. Road and rail traffic remains disrupted.
The blackout occurred after heavy rains fell in the London area in the afternoon. National Grid National Power Provider said on Twitter that this failure was due to problems encountered on two generators and that it had been quickly solved.
According to the British daily The GuardianNearly one million people were affected by this power outage: 500,000 people in Wales and the Midlands, 300,000 people in South East England , 110,000 in Yorkshire and 26,000 in northwestern England.
The breakdown occurred at rush hour, the impact on travelers was severe. National Rail, which is run by the many private British railways, has stated that "Electricity supply problems still disrupt a large number of rail services", adding that some disturbances could last up to 22 hours on some lines.
Many suburban trains have also been canceled. The London North Eastern Railway has posted on Twitter that all services had been suspended since Kingâ € ™ s Cross, one of London's most popular train stations, adding: "We advise you NOT to TRAVEL. AT"
Flights have also been canceled or delayed at Luton Airport, about 47 km north of the capital. The airport said in a statement that the "Unprecedented rainfall" had caused "Water damage in a number of places on the airport".