Customers on Fogo Island experience power outage as distribution system stabilizes (Jan.20 – Noon)

January 20, 2013, Noon – Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is advising that all customers on Fogo Island are currently experiencing a power outage after having been restored shortly after 11:00 a.m.
Power is being supplied to Fogo Island through the spare subsea cable from Change Islands. When power was restored, the system overloaded causing customers to lose power. Crews are currently sectionalizing the distribution lines to bring groups of customers back online over the next hour.
Hydro is encouraging customers to unplug non-essential appliances and turn off light switches as the distribution stabilizes. Customers are also advised that they may experience momentary outages throughout today.
A planned outage will be required at a later date to make permanent repairs to equipment on the main subsea cable.
Hydro apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the patience of its customers.
Customers can get updates from the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies (24 hrs) line at 1-888-737-1296. Hydro will also continue to provide updates on its Twitter account at Twitter.com/NLHydro and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NLHydro