Widespread 911 outages have been reported in four states

Widespread power outages on Wednesday affected parts of Nebraska and Texas, all of South Dakota and the state of Las Vegas, affecting residents' ability to call the 911 emergency number, according to local officials.

In Las Vegas, calls to 911 on landline phones and mobile phones were not connecting for about two hours, before service was restored around 9 p.m. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said On social media.

During the outage, police said, dispatchers could see attempts to call from mobile phones and call residents back, and all attempted calls were answered.

Nevada State Police said the power outages also affected southern Nevada.

Reductions were also reported by local police departments in Dundee, Kearny and Howard in Nebraska. Between 12 midnight and 12:30 am, all three said on Facebook that service had been restored.

The Del Rio, Texas Police Department said customers of a cellular provider were having problems calling 911. A spokesperson said the problem was only affecting T-Mobile customers, and that service had not yet been restored to those customers: As of 15:00 p.m.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said on social media that power outages were affecting residents across the state. In most parts of the state, residents can still text 911, and call their local police and county sheriff's offices on their non-emergency phone lines, the department said. around 11 pm The South Dakota Highway Patrol said That service was restored on social media.

In February, a widespread AT&T outage temporarily cut connections to users across the United States for several hours, causing FirstNet, the emergency communications network, to be out of service. Police forces such as the New York Police Department were unable to make calls or send emails.

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