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BREAKING: NBC News is reporting a massive power outage in Havana

Massive Power Failure Plunges Havana into Darkness.

Power failed in Cuba’s capital Sunday night, plunging most of the city and some of its suburbs into darkness.

There was no immediate word on what caused the blackout, which hit a little after 8 p.m. in the middle of the nightly news on state television.

State radio, however, made no mention of the power failure, and calls to the power system’s headquarters gave busy signals.

The outage knocked power out in a 24-mile-wide (40-kilometer) stretch from Havana‘s western residential neighborhoods across the city’s center and Old Havana district and on to suburbs on the other side of the bay.

In Havana’s Vedado entertainment and business district, the only buildings with visible light were tourist hotels and upscale apartment towers, which have backup generators.

Big blackouts were common in Havana a decade ago, when Cuba had an energy crisis. Isolated outages still hit the city on occasion, but citywide blackouts have become rare.

1 comment to BREAKING: NBC News is reporting a massive power outage in Havana

  • therealcuba

    The blackout is affecting 8 provinces and close to 5 million people from Pinar del Rio to Ciego de Avila. Is the worst blackout since 2003. I just talked to a friend in Havana and they are still without power but don't have any official news as to why or when it will be restored.