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Monday, September 26, 2022

Massive power outage hits the Yucatán Peninsula

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
This morning’s power outage appears to have hit the entire southeast of Mexico and is likely to affect millions. Photo: Courtesy

At approximately 8:30 AM reports began to come in across social media regarding massive power outages across Mérida.

It soon became apparent that the outage was not limited to the capital, as reports from other cities including Kanasín and Progreso began to be registered. 

Grupo Sipse radio is reporting that the outage has also affected areas in other states including Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Tabasco.

News outlets across the region are reporting the failure of the electricity grid. 

Mobile phone and data networks also appear to be down in many areas, making communication virtually impossible.

Power returned to some areas of Merida roughly one hour after the outage began, but the majority of the city remains without power. 

Earlier: Never-ending blackouts drive angry Mérida residents to the street

The cause of the outage is still unknown and at this time the CFE is yet to make any official statement.

Today’s power outage is the most widespread since a storm in April 2021 left much of the Peninsula without electricity.

Many note that constant power outages are not just annoying or inconvenient. 

Prolonged blackouts result in food spoilage and damage to home appliances. 

Power outages are also tough on business owners who are often forced to turn customers away or close up shop early.

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