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Cancun, Playa del Carmen in blackout for nearly 11 hours

Cancun, Q.R. — The state’s electricity company experienced a shutdown Friday that saw homes from Cancun to Felipe Carrillo Puerto without lights for nearly 11 hours.

Large sectors of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and south to Felipe Carillo Puerto were without electricity Friday for several hours. In Playa del Carmen, the north part of the city lost electricity around 7:00 p.m. Friday and remained without power until 6:15 a.m. Saturday.

During the unexplained blackout by CFE, non-functioning traffic lights created chaos in city streets while many shops were forced to close early as darkness set in. Chedraui on Talleres Avenue in Cancun was one of many stores that were forced to close their doors early due to the lack of electricity.

While Civil Protection did report CFE was experiencing problems with their grid in the northern part of the state, no explanation for the massive shutdown was provided. A three-hour window for maintenance was scheduled for part of Cancun Friday morning, however, problems began extending into the far south of the state by Friday afternoon.

Thousands were left without electricity with blackout reports being filed with the state’s electric company. The southern towns of Chemuyil and Felipe Carillo Puerto seemed the least affected, reporting only one-hour blackouts, however, other areas of Playa del Carmen went nearly 11 hours without electricity.

Civil protection says the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has been working in the area to resolve the situation, but an official cause for the loss of power has not been clarified by the Federal Electricity Commission.

Unofficially, the blackout was caused by a failure in an electrical substation, but no further details are known and authorities have not confirmed the cause. On social networks, the Federal Electricity Commission acknowledged the failure and only said that they continue working to solve the problem.