DRACUT -- National Grid reported that 1,978 customers in Dracut, including the Dracut Scholarship Foundation Telethon, were without power for over an hour Tuesday night, but the lights, and the show, went back on about 8:30 p.m.

Debbie Drew, a spokeswoman for National Grid, said the outage began about 7:17 p.m., due to a weather-related issue at a transformer off Lakeview Avenue.

Dracut police and firefighters were also investigating issues in the area of a substation on Phineas Street, and at high-tension lines in the area.

The Dracut Scholarship Foundation Telethon, a 30-year tradition that is seeking to raise over $100,000 for Dracut students this year was affected by the outage, according to state Rep. Colleen Garry who was taking part in the telethon when the lights went out.

Organizers were trying to figure out how the outage would affect their plans for the night, when the lights at the telethon came back on about 8:30 p.m.

Residents can view the telethon, when the lights are on, on Dracut Access Television. It turns from tonight to March 15.

It was not immediately clear if all customers were restored by 8:30 p.m., but Drew said everyone was expected to have power back by about 9 p.m.