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This year's CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors, has 4000 exhibitors and runs from 9 to 12 January 2018.

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And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow.

In possibly the worst thing that could happen at a tech show, power went down across several halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES at 11:15 PT. "We are working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience", the event's official Twitter account said. We are opening Central Hall.

Observers said that the outage is a bit ironic, given CES' status as one of the world's biggest technology conferences. "Also get outside on this lovely Las Vegas day and check out Central and South Plaza".

The digital economy's big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show's organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada.

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It is unclear what the real cause of the outage is, and attendees have mostly been moved out into the hallways of the convention center. In the meantime, feel free to point out all of the applicable metaphors to the current state of the electronics industry. My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

(12:45PM PT) NV Energy is on the case.

Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power.

(2:13PM PT) According to the CTA, the culprit was, in fact, the rain.

The association said power was restored within minutes to the 3.2 million-square-foot convention center's South Hall, where many gaming companies had exhibits, but other areas took longer - Central Hall, home to Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony, Panasonic, Intel, Qualcomm and Toshiba, among others, remained without power into the afternoon.

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