The major power outage in Kennewick Thursday afternoon knocked out at least five Benton PUD substations, affected thousands of people when they lost their juice and disabled major intersection traffic lights causing them not to work.

Please remember that if there are no working lights or the lights are flashing red at an intersection it becomes a 4 way stop and you are required to stop for other traffic before proceeding through the intersection.

Kennewick police would also like to remind residents to only contact 911 in an emergency and please don't contact non-emergency dispatch about traffic lights. Crews for Benton PUD determined an excavator took down a transmission line near Gum street.

Power was fully restored everywhere within three hours of the outage.