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UPDATE: Power restored after roughly 8 hours

Power has been restored to the already-connected areas in the British Virgin Islands.

Technical issues with a circuit breaker at the Long Bush substation caused a power outage across 80 percent of the territory on Thursday (December 21).

The unscheduled outage happened minutes before 10am and lasted roughly eight hours.

The outage affected several residents and communities including the highly commercial area of Road Town.

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After feverish efforts from the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) to restore power in the hurricane-struck British Virgin Islands, the majority of residents in the territory are without power, again.

Residents who had been reconnected got knocked off the electricity grid around minutes to 10 this morning.

Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation, Henry Creque said he is not sure when today power will be restored to connected areas.

He said the unscheduled power outage is being caused by a 34.5-kilovolt circuit breaker that got damaged at the power station in Long Bush on Tortola.

The BVIEC boss further stated that electricity technicians are investigating the issue.

“Approximately 80 percent of the grid that is connected so far is offline… Some of the territory is back on right now and we hope to get as much back on as possible,” he told BVI News today.

Affected locations include Road Town which is the major commercial area on the island.

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