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U.S. snow storm creating power outages in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — The winter snow storm sweeping across the mid-United States has had an effect on Mexico’s electrical system. On Monday, six Mexican states lost power due to a cut in the supply of natural gas directed to the northern portion of the country.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that due to the US storm, they registered cuts in its supply of natural gas directed to the northern part of Mexico, which has resulted in electricity cuts.

Early Monday morning, residents in Coahuila, Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Sonora, Durango and Tamaulipas began reporting blackouts that lasted up to 40 minutes. The National Center for Energy Control reported that there was an imbalance between load and generation created by freezing pipelines.

A state of emergency was issued in areas where the supply of US gas and electricity remains at risk. “With its reserves, CFE is injecting gas to strategic support plants in Chihuahua and Nuevo León to avoid further damage,” the state company reported.

Approximately 400,000 people across six Mexican states were affected by the Monday morning power outages.