The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Saturday began restoring power transmission lines in Metro Manila and southern Luzon damaged by Typhoon Santi.
A total of 265 circuits, or 39 percent of the company’s customers, suffered power outages in Metro Manila, the Meralco said.
According to the NGCP, the brownouts in Metro Manila were primarily caused by the shutting down of two transformer units in its Sucat substation in Paranaque City, which experienced flooding due to the rains brought by the typhoon.
Several other transmission lines in Metro Manila and southern Luzon tripped due to winds caused by the Santi, which cut the power supply of half of NGCP’s Luzon grid on Saturday.
Meralco and NGCP however assured their customers that they have already mobilized their personnel for power restoration activities.
Typhoon Santi, which brought incessant rains and strong winds to the country starting late Friday, caused floods and massive power outages in different parts of Metro Manila and southern Luzon. [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/176008/santi-causes-floods-brownouts-in-metro-manila-luzon]
The power outages in Metro Manila also halted the operation of the Light Rail Transit Line 1, which runs through Caloocan City to Baclaran in Pasay City on early Saturday. [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/176006/santi-disrupts-lrt-1-operations]
Santi is the nineteenth weather disturbance to enter the Philippines this year, and the fourth cyclone to hit the country this month. - GMANews.TV