Country gripped by total blackout

PHILIPSBURG–Residents across St. Maarten were awoken from their sleep early Wednesday morning when their lights, fans and air conditioning units went off in what GEBE says is a total blackout throughout the country.

   There were reports of phone service and internet in some areas being knocked out temporarily when the power went.The early morning outage came on the heels of a brief outage Tuesday evening.

  GEBE’s media relations officer Paula Gordon told media operatives early Wednesday “we hereby inform you that we are experiencing a total black out. We will inform you according as districts are re-energized  and update you later with full details of the blackout.”

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  No further details have been provided up to mid-morning. 

  Many persons took to social media to express their frustration over the outage at this time of the year in the holiday season and just days after GEBE issued a report that it planned to fully restore power to all households by this weekend. Reports of a sabotage at the power plant could not be ascertained or verified.

 Some residents said the early morning outage brought back memories of the darkness that gripped the island following Hurricane Irma in early September.

Source: The Daily Herald