Thousands without power in U.S. Virgin Islands after power plant fault

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U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — More than 15,000 customers are without power due to a glitch at a power plant on the main island of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A government statement says a fault in an auxiliary transformer at a power plant caused a district-wide outage early Sunday on the main island of St. Thomas and the smaller island of St. John.

Jean Greaux is a spokesman for the governor's office on the three-island Caribbean territory. In a statement, he says the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority are "working diligently to restore full service as safely and efficiently as possible" on Easter Sunday.

Many businesses and some households in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the neighboring British Virgin Islands have backup generators to deal with occasional power outages.

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