Restoring power to Los Cabos to take 3 months - CFE

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Restoring 100% electricity supply to Hurricane Odile-affected Los Cabos on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California will take three months, the chief executive of state utility CFE was quoted by local media as saying.

The hurricane tore down 535 transmission towers, which will take three months to replace, CFE chief executive Enrique Ochoa Reza was quoted by Milenio newspaper as saying during a visit to the area with interior minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong.

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The CFE has restored just 20% of the electricity supply to the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur state's main two tourist destinations – known collectively as Los Cabos – and has installed 280 temporary generators, Ochoa Reza said.

Electric power has been 95% restored in the municipalities of La Paz and Todos Santos, which are also popular tourist destinations.

Odile made landfall in Cabo San Lucas as a category-three hurricane on September 14, causing a power outage to 90% of the population and widespread damage, leveling homes and hotels and closing airports. It touched down again in Sonora state on September 17, downgraded to a tropical storm.

CFE operations director Luis Carlos Hernández told local media that Odile is the hurricane to have caused most severe damage to CFE installations, causing twice as much damage as hurricane Wilma, which slammed into the Yucatán peninsula in 2005 and caused US$1.75bn worth of damage.

Mexico's insurance industry association (AMIS) has estimated damage to total around 12bn pesos (US$950mn).