Power was restored a little more than two hours later. "A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers".
An hour or more later the power is still out, and security have been forced to shut the doors of the show preventing people accessing the LVCC and for those inside the show already they are blocking access to the Central Hall.
The blackout in the Las Vegas Convention Centre's Central and South Hall bridge meeting rooms occurred at approximately 11.13am local (Pacific) time on the second day of the show.
Although South and North Hall appear to have power, there have been reports that the power outages briefly extended to other areas in Vegas, including nearby hotels.
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The Consumer Electronics Show venue at the Las Vegas Convention Center is plunged into darkness after a power outrage Wednesday morning. Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018. Access will be limited until power is fully restored.
A storm system that dumped more than half as much rain as the Las Vegas Valley saw all of previous year also brought with it the wettest January day on record.
From midnight to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the valley saw 1.33 inches of rain, the weather service said. Meanwhile, Twitter buzzed with updates from attendee, vendors, and CES officials. Huawei Mobile also promoted its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, saying, "Caught in the #CESBlackout?".