Brazil's south hit by blackouts

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

More than 220,000 homes were left without power after wild weather battered Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina.

Local power utility Celesc said some consumers were still without power at 10am on Wednesday, more than 17 hours after the first blackouts were reported.

The interruptions came after rain, hail and winds of up to 100km/h lashed large parts of the state.

The worst hit areas were Santa Catarina's western, northern and mountain regions as well as state capital Florianópolis.

Celesc said recovery efforts were focused on repairing damage to transformers, posts and cables.

"There were many cases of cables that were broken by trees in areas that are being reforested," Celesc spokesperson Paulo Anderson said in a statement.

Celesc said it had mobilized 94 emergency crews made up of 250 technicians in an effort to normalize power supply.

The Florianópolis-based utility serves over 2mn customers in Santa Catarina and Paraná states.

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