Electricity restored to most communities

Jamaica Observer

Monday, August 06, 2012 | 8:43 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), says it is continuing efforts to restore electricity service to customers, following islandwide outages related to lightning, high winds and heavy rainfall.

"As at 6:00 am this morning service had been restored to more than 80 per cent of JPS customers, as the Company worked through the

night to restore normalcy," a release from JPS stated.

The cause of the outages was a lightning strike that affected JPS' Duhaney substation and other areas, just before midnight yesterday. 

"JPS has been on high alert since Friday, as we knew the inclement weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Ernesto would have some impact on the power system. A system wide impact is extreme but must be included in worst case scenario planning," said Ricardo Rennalls, JPS' Vice President of Technical Services.

Sections of St Catherine, St Mary, Portland and St Andrew are still without electricity.



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