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Power outage hits Upolu Island

A major power outage has hit the island of Upolu, affecting businesses and catching motorists off guard with traffic lights going out.

Electricity has been restored in some parts of the island with the Electric Power Corporation (EPC) currently checking the main power grids, focusing on areas that are still without power. The island of Savai’i was not affected by the blackout. 

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, E.P.C. General Manager Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano said a team has been deployed to investigate whether the power disruption was caused by human activities. 

“We suspect it is a cable between Tanugamanono and the Fuluasou powerhouse,” explained Tologata. 

“We are on patrol at the moment and we on the lookout if it is caused by someone’s work but it is unclear at this stage. 

“Our priority at the moment is restoring the power — a very small area of Upolu is still without power supply.” 

He added that a press release will be issued in due course to explain the power outage on the island. 

In a brief statement posted on its Facebook page, the E.P.C. stated that electricity is currently off on the island of Upolu. 

“E.P.C. is progressing to restoring electricity to all areas in a safe, timely and practicable manner as able. 

“We thank you for your continuous support and appreciate your patience during this time.” 

Police officers were on the streets of Apia controlling traffic when the power went out after 12.00pm on Tuesday. 

Some Court matters were also adjourned due to the lack of electricity. 

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