Deputy Fire Chief Steve Belau says electricity went out from about 9th Street SE to 19th Street NW and between approximately 5th Avenue East to 11th Avenue West. The outage appears to have originated near a major construction project near Broadway and Center Street.
There have been no reports of injuries so far but the Rochester Fire Department says it has had to handle several elevator rescues.
The Fire Department Emergency Management Division is urging motorists and pedestrians to be careful as many of the traffic control lights downtown are operating in a failure mode. They are flashing red which means you should treat them as if they were stop signs. Motorists should take turns at the intersections and watch out for pedestrians.
The Twitter account of Rochester Public Utilities say the power loss was caused by a "blown lightning arrester" and the equipment has been replaced.