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Power Surge Blacks Out St. Croix

The V.I. Water and Power Authority began restoring power to feeders on St. Croix at midday Saturday after an early morning heavy power surge caused a blackout over the entire island.

According to a bulletin from WAPA, at about 4:50 a.m., the Estate Richmond Power Plant experienced a heavy surge causing online generating units to trip offline. This resulted in an island-wide service interruption.

Plant personnel worked throughout the morning to restart the units and begin restoration to feeders.

According to a bulletin posted on WAPA’s website at 10:56 a.m., units were being restarted and service was expected to be restored "within the hour," though residents were still reporting power interruptions at 12:30 p.m.

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