Pat Bynoe-Clarke, a spokeswoman at Caribbean Utilities Company, said the outage was caused by a fault in power company’s generation facility. “As a result, the system safely shut down as it is designed to do,” she said.
She said it was expected that power would return by 1:30 p.m. today, but as of 2 p.m., several areas were still without electricity.
The Department of Education Services shut most public schools because of the outage. The only public schools that remain open are Prospect Primary and Clifton Hunter High School because they both have generators, education officials said.
School buses have been deployed to pick up students, but the parents of pupils who are not on the bus system are being asked to arrange to collect their children from school.