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Cold Front Leaves Many Without Electricity in Six Mexican States

By María José Goytia | Thu, 01/06/2022 - 10:33

This season’s 19th cold front hit the Mexican northern region during the weekend. Since Sunday, the strong winds surpassing 100km/h caused 193,000 users in Tamaulipas and Veracruz to be left without electrical services. A total of 552,700 users in six northern states were affected, including those in San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Chiapas and Tabasco, which represent 5 percent of total users in those states.

The blackouts were caused by fallen trees due to the strong winds that damaged electrical infrastructure. Veracruz was the state with the most affected users with over 300,000 left without electric power. Tamaulipas was next with about 150,000 affected users. The cold front also left two people injured in Tihuatlan, Veracruz, as the result of the collapse of a property.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) managed to reinstall electric power to 96 percent of those affected by Monday morning. Through the National System of Civil Protection, CFE deployed 500 electricians, 50 mobile cranes and 163 vehicles to support those affected.

CFE also collaborated with the Ministry of Defense (SEDENA), the Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR), the Ministry of Health and the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) to ensure a fast response to the affectations. According to CFE data, by Tuesday morning 99 percent of electric supply had been reinstalled to affected households.

During the weekend, northern states Chihuahua, Sonora, Durango and Tamaulipas reached temperatures under 0°C. As 2022 begins and cold fronts become more common, low temperatures increase the demand for electricity for heating. As cold fronts are usually accompanied by strong winds, inconveniences as the ones experienced last weekend can become common.

The National Meteorological Service said that the cold front 19 would continue its journey throughout the southeast region of the country, accompanied by strong rains. Also, most of the national territory will experience cold temperatures.

As the winter season continues, the risk of energy shortages due to weather may continue to increase. CFE keeps constant communication to assist inconveniences as they arise but potential power shortages during the following weeks remain a possibility.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
El Universal, El Financiero, El Sol de México, Animal Político, La Jornada
Photo by:   CFE on Twitter
María José Goytia María José Goytia Journalist and Industry Analyst