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Blackouts felt in Cancun not part of scheduled CFE cuts

Cancun, Q.R. — A scheduled blackout in other parts of Mexico ended up leaving residents of the Yucatan Peninsula in the dark. On Tuesday night, blackouts were recorded in various parts of Quintana Roo and Yucatan despite the fact that they were not among the states listed as being affected by the programmed cuts.

Earlier Tuesday, the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace) had warned 12 states of a scheduled power cut from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., however, Yucatan and Quintana Roo were not on their list.

Shortly after the CFE power cuts began, residents in Cancun began to report blackouts that later spread to Campeche and Yucatán. The blackouts were also felt in other areas of the state including Chetumal, Bacalar, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Playa del Carmen. Some area residents were left in the dark for as long as 30 minutes.

The Centro Nacional de Control de Energía (Cenace) said the Tuesday cuts were due to a lack of sufficient generation caused by the interruption of the delivery of gas from the United States to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), due to the winter storm.