Weather to blame for power outage at CES in Las Vegas

Power outage at CES leaves parts of Las Vegas Convention Center in the dark

The first Sin City CES opened its doors 40 years ago, for starters, and the format switched from two shows every year (remember heading west in the winter and east in the summer?) to just Vegas 20 years ago.

The Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES is taking place, is now experiencing what event organizers are calling an "isolated power outage".

Heavy rainfall caused the rare power interruption, as Las Vegas experienced an unusually heavy downpour that also caused flooding in some of the booths at the CES, including Google's.

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at about 11:15am local time, including exhibitor booths and rooms used by journalists covering the event, reports The Guardian.

"We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors".

One convention center employee who asked not to be identified said he has worked at CES for 10 years and had never seen anything like this outage.

The power outage hit shortly after 11am on the second day of CES.

Technology brands including Intel, IBM, ISPN and Texas Instruments were quick to jump onto the #CESblackout hashtag, with many taking a cheeky communications approach to the situation.

Nikon pitched its products, too, tweeting "Power goes out at CES? No problem for the low-light capabilities of Nikon DSLRs", Nikon tweeted.

Las Vegas, UNITED STATESSony's Aibo robotic dogs are displayed during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas.

"Someone told Alexa to turn off the lights", one person simply wrote.

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