Overnight blackout cuts power across Grand Cayman

A fault in Caribbean Utilities Company’s distribution system Thursday night led to an island-wide blackout that lasted about six hours. The company reports that power was fully restored around 5:15 a.m. Friday.

The blackout started just before 11 p.m., caused by “a fault in the transmission and distribution system,” CUC spokeswoman Pat Bynoe-Clarke said.

In overnight updates on Twitter and in emails to the press, CUC said it restored power first in George Town by about 2:30 a.m. and, over the following three hours, across the rest of the island.

The last island-wide outage was in July when a generator problem knocked out the electricity service and it took about 12 hours to restore power for the entire island.

***Update, 11:10 a.m.: Power has been restored in central George Town after going out again in the area for about 45 minutes Friday morning.***

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  1. In an unlucky coincidence, no sooner do you publish an article on the poor quality of the new Internet technology than the whole island loses electric power.
    A 100 year old technology.

    Country wide power outages are a feature of third world countries and should not be happening here.

  2. Hate to tell you, but I remember power outs from time to time in the 70’s and 80’s. We even have power outages here in the good old USA. Power inverters let us turn our cars into generators so that we can muddle by until Duke Energy gets our power back on line. I remind my son that he is lucky, when I was a kid No Power meant No Running Water. It was unfortunate timing, but Thanksgiving dinners by candlelight can be quite romantic!
    I must admit that I am spoiled up here with fairly reliable, inexpensive and fast internet service … But even that goes out for a few hours every once in a while.
    Give the good folks at CUC a break. I doubt any of them enjoyed it either!