Celaya, León, San Miguel de Allende, and Other Places in Mexico, in Total Darkness

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Since 7:40 PM on Tuesday, citizens of León, Celaya, Irapuato, and San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato and other 14 states of the country have reported power outages associated with an emergency in the National Interconnected System during a heatwave with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees.

León.- Citizens from at least four municipalities in Guanajuato, along with 14 states in the center and south of the country, reported blackouts since 7:40 PM this Tuesday. The failures are related to the emergency operation state of the National Interconnected System (SIN).

As of 5:04 PM on May 7, 2024, an Operational Emergency State was declared in the National Interconnected System, so the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace) will carry out the corresponding operational actions,” the report states.

Before 4:30 PM, the National Interconnected System (SIN) was already in an operational alert state, which prompted the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace) to take operational measures. Despite these actions, the emergency situation, which lasted more than an hour and a half, could not be avoided.

According to data from the same entity, the maximum energy demand in the SIN was recorded at 5:00 PM, reaching 48,472 megawatts, against a net generation of 48,403 megawatts.

It is anticipated that by 9:00 PM the demand would reach a similar level, estimated at 48,455 megawatts, according to Agencia Reforma.

Users from various regions of the country, including Mexico City, the State of Mexico, Puebla, Hidalgo, and Guanajuato, reported power outages during the afternoon and evening of this Tuesday.

More than 10 neighborhoods in Celaya are in the dark Several neighborhoods in Celaya have been without electricity since 7:40 PM.

The affected residents are from: Gran Hacienda, Villas del Bajío, Villa Natura, Hacienda Natura, Hacienda del Bosque, Geovillas, Valle de Los Naranjos, Hacienda Don Gu, Los Pinos, San Juanico, Latino, and 15 de Mayo, among others.

In addition, traffic lights stopped working, causing disruptions on all major roads in the area, affecting night traffic and road safety.

This incident is part of a series of electrical problems that have affected the city since March, including voltage variations, although a blackout of such magnitude had not been previously reported.

Blackout also reported in León Just like in Celaya, residents of the central and southern areas of León reported failures in the electric power service for more than half an hour.

Through his account on X, the interim mayor of León, Jorge Jiménez Lona, informed that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) estimated that the power service would be gradually restored between 10 and 11 PM.

The blackouts, the Mayor specified, function to “balance the unavailability of sufficient energy generation,” meaning certain areas will be turned off for some moments to be able to supply others.

A tour conducted by AM confirmed that residents of Parques del Sur, Jesús de Nazareth, and Bosques Reales were without electricity.

The streetlights on Timoteo Lozano Boulevard, from San Pedro to Francisco Villa, were also off.

In another peculiar case, on one side of San Pedro Boulevard there was light, but crossing the southern area, at the corner with Torres Landa Boulevard, it was completely dark.

The Historic Center of León goes dark for several minutes A brief blackout affected part of the Historic Center of León, lasting approximately 10 minutes.

The Main Plaza was one of the points impacted during the power cuts experienced tonight in the city.

The blackout was limited to a specific quadrant of the Center, from Álvaro Obregón Street to Mariano Escobedo Boulevard, and between Justo Sierra and Emiliano Zapata Streets.

A large part of the north of Irapuato, also in the dark In Irapuato, blackouts were also recorded in various neighborhoods, with some areas still without service until 9 PM.

José Martínez, a resident near Deportiva Norte, recounted that upon arriving home at 8 PM, he noticed the lack of electricity from Plaza 3636 to Deportiva Norte, although the service was restored approximately 20 minutes later.

Gonzalo Córdova, a resident of the Solidaridad neighborhood in the south of the city, reported an interruption of the electric service in his area around 9 PM, unlike the Nuevo México neighborhood, where the service remained uninterrupted.

According to comments on social networks, other affected neighborhoods include: Los Álamos, Fraccionamiento Pronasol, Jardines del Country, San Miguelito, La Rodríguez, 12 de Diciembre, Roma, among others.

Source: AM