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Riviera Maya power failures result of high demand due to extreme daytime temperatures

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Electrical blackouts continue to affect state residents in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. On Thursday night, several areas of Cancun reported CFE failures.

Also on Thursday night, some area residents in the extreme west of Playa del Carmen took to the streets again in protest of the ongoing power failures. Into Friday morning, several areas of both cities were still left without electricity and an explanation from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

In Cancun, power failures began around 10:00 p.m. and affected regions 51, 103, 224, 225, 226, 227, and subdivisions such as La Guadalupana, Prado Norte, Las Palmas, Villas Otoch Paraíso and Paraíso Maya.

In most areas, the power failure lasted about three hours, however, residents in Prado Norte reported going nearly 10 hours without electricity. It was the second night in a row for Cancun residents.

Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) personnel in Playa del Carmen reported finding a wiring issue in the Villas del Sol area which lead to a scheduled power cut. The CFE reported finding an anomality in their CTM registry that risked a possible explosion.

In order to deal with the problem, electricity was cut to the entire area. This latest repair came a day after CFE reported three fires due to overheating wires. Those three fires affected electricity in four Playa del Carmen subdivisions for nearly 36 hours.

CFE continues to work on repairs and maintenance due to the high power demand. Electrical demands have peaked around the state due to the ongoing extreme daytime temperatures that have kept the air hot, even at night.