London hit by power blackout
Police direct traffic in London's Picadilly Circus after a power outage disabled traffic signals and building lights.
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Part of central London was without power for about four hours Thursday afternoon, utility officials said.
The blackout began in the Soho district when a high voltage transfer station went out, according to EDF, the energy company.
The problem followed four unrelated faults in the system in recent days, the company said.
EDF blamed unusually high temperatures and increased use of air conditioning for the most recent outage, and predicted more people would be without power later in the day.
"As a result there will be four hour periods throughout today -- and possibly into tomorrow -- where some customers are without power," the company said in a statement on its Web site.
As many as 760 customers had no electricity in the roughly one-mile square affected area, including CNN's bureau.
One company is considered one customer, and many businesses in the tony shopping district on Carnaby Street were also without power.
"The total affected area (i.e. all three groups of customers likely to go off power during today) is bounded by Piccadily Circus underground, Oxford Circus underground and Tottenham Court Road underground," the company statement said.
Oxford Circus underground station was closed briefly.
Some of the affected companies evacuated their buildings because it was becoming too hot inside, and many employees went home.
CNN's Jim Boulden contributed to this report
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