Peninsula-Wide Power Outage!

I lost power at 11:04 this morning and didn’t think too much of it. But with my computer being at only half charge and the freezer being full, I wondered if it would be worth firing up the generator. I went to the website for CFE, the power company, and there was no message on the main page about the outage. There was, however, a link to their Twitter and through that, I got the Twitter for the account for the whole of the peninsula (which includes the states of Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo).

There, I found out that it was a peninsula-wide outage! I kept monitoring the account (on my phone, which, thankfully, is now getting decent reception here) and I could see progress being restored along the same route I took to get here from Villahermosa. Shortly after their, “Next stop is Mérida!” message, a full hour and a bit after the outage started, the power came back on! I immediately tweeted that Chelem had power and thanked CFE for their service.

It later came out that there was a problem in the power line between the states of Tabasco and Campeche. It’s rather scary that we have such a tenuous connection to the power grid, but I was impressed by how fast CFE moved to fix the problem.


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