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Sections of Portmore most affected by last night's power outage, JPS tells why

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 7:03 AM
JPS says additional teams were deployed this morning to ensure the return of power to the affected communities in the shortest possible time.
JPS says sections of Portmore have been particularly badly affected because of the extended drought, which has led to a build-up of dust and sea salt on the power lines.
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The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it is this morning working to restore service to several communities in Kingston and St Catherine, which lost power supply last night.

The JPS says the outage is due to the impact of wind and lightning on the power delivery system.

It says sections of Portmore have been particularly badly affected because of the extended drought, which has led to a build-up of dust and sea salt on the power lines.

This build-up of pollutants has caused the system to become contaminated, creating short-circuit conditions.

JPS says despite line washing and other corrective measures taken by the company, the problem has persisted with the continuing drought.

The company says additional teams were deployed this morning to ensure the return of power to the affected communities in the shortest possible time.