Lights out on GC

Power customers from North Side to West Bay were left in the dark from between one and a half to two and a half hours on Wednesday night.

Dozens of businesses and hundreds of homes lost power around 6.30pm after a mechanical fault was noticed in the Caribbean Utilities Company’s North Sound engine room.

The fault caused certain components of the CUC system to automatically shut down, leaving sections of power out in West Bay, parts of George Town, East End and North Side.

The entire beach front of Seven Mile Beach between George Town and West Bay appeared to have gone dark around 7pm Wednesday. Several restaurants reported being shut down during the outage, while others stopped serving food but continued to serve beverages.

Street lights were out along all of West Bay Road and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, and some traffic lights lost power as well.

CUC officials said power was substantially restored by 8.32pm, although some customers may have gotten it back earlier and some later. The company did not state how many customers lost power.