Thursday 5 December, 2019

Rain, lightning knock out power in some areas

File photo.

File photo.

Emergency crews from the Trinidad and Tobago and Electricity Commission (T&TEC) are out on the ground restoring power to some 20 communities left without power due to inclement weather currently affecting the country.

The Meteorological Service (Met Office) said conditions are expected to persist until Tuesday and as a result, extended its adverse weather alert issued on Sunday.

T&TEC said the outages on Monday were caused by significant lightning activity and in some cases, fallen trees, resulting from inclement weather.

It assured that crews are working to restore supply to affected areas in the shortest possible time.

Communities affected range from Paramin in the north, Manzanilla in the east, central Trinidad, and Marabella in the South, with central and east being the most impacted.

Fishing Pond Road in Sangre Grande and Heights of Aripo were also affected, where trees are being cleared before the overhead lines and poles are restored, and Ravine Sable, Carlsen Field and Basta Hall.  

T&TEC said while crews are being dispatched, timely restoration may be impacted if the rainfall continues unabated.

But, it said customers should be reassured that it is treating the outages as urgent and various mechanisms have been put in place to facilitate speedy restoration.

T&TEC’s trouble report hotlines, 800-BULB (2852) and 800-TTEC (8832), remain available 24/7 to take reports from customers.  

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