The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is still trying to determine what caused an islandwide loss of electricity shortly after 5 this morning.
Winsome Callum, head of corporate communications for the power company, told THE STAR that it was too early to say what caused the outage, which plunged the entire island into darkness.
However, she said power is currently being gradually restored to customers and already one third of its customers have already received power.
Ms. Callum stated that the cause of the blackout is believed to have originated at the company\'s Old Harbour plant. She added that they were trying to restore total power completely as quickly as possible, but she could not give a definite time.
blanket of darkness
The STAR news team was in downtown Kingston when the blackout occurred. The blanket of darkness stretched as far as the news team could see. However, by 6 a.m. power returned to areas with traffic lights regaining power first.
Meanwhile, most police stations and business places depended on back-up generators to provide electricity. At press time police personnel were out regulating traffic.
Exactly a year ago, last year July, a system shutdown caused an islandwide blackout. Power was restored several hours later.
The JPS had reported that the blackout was triggered by a fault on the high-tension 138kV trans-mission line from Bogue in Montego Bay, St. James, to Duncans, Trelawny.
A team of Canadian consultants was contracted to conduct a forensic investigation into the cause of the power cut. The consultants found that lightning strikes had triggered the outage.