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CFE prepares Riviera Maya for hurricane season

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission says they have begun hurricane preparations for the municipality of Solidaridad along with the rest of Riviera Maya as the June 1 date approaches.

After five recorded electrical blackouts for the region during the month of May, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) says they have begun preparations to safeguard electrical functioning with preventative work.

CFE superintendent Rafael López Montejo explained that his plan of action covers security, restoration, repairs and attention prior to, and during hurricanes. He says that CFE operative personnel have been making adjustments in the facilities located in different areas of the city during the last weeks.

“In this rainy season, if a blackout occurs, action is taken immediately with the main purpose of timely attention to citizenship.” He adds, “We take care of the electrical installations that are most susceptible to damage while also taking care of the integrity of the personnel that attend to the emergencies.”

López Montejo says that “Throughout the year, maintenance is carried out to guarantee the continuance of electrical service. Field and engineering personnel work permanently 24 hours a day.”

He explained that their maintenance includes the pruning of trees, replacement of damaged posts and even working on the underground network that suffer damage from drainage and thermal anomalies.

“It is important to note that the field and engineering staff works permanently 24 hours a day to meet the needs of customers, restore and repair the facilities with staff prepared to attend regardless of the time or weather that is present,” he noted.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin begins June 1 and is forecast to be a busy season, comparable to last year with 14 named storms and seven hurricanes.