Power outage strikes most of Uruguay

 

State electric company officials say the failure of two important power lines left most of Uruguay without electrical power for several hours.

 

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — State electric company officials say the failure of two important power lines left most of Uruguay without electrical power for several hours.

Company officials say the power went out at 10:30 a.m. (9:30 EDT; 1330 GMT) Wednesday to 1.2 million customers in the country of 3.3 million people.

Distribution manager Luis Garcia says power was back to most customers within three hours, though some 189,000 customers in Montevideo remained without electricity.

He says the reason for the problem is being investigated.

 

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