Broken tree branch causes blackout in southern town

THE southern town of San Fernando, Cebu experienced an eight-hour blackout after strong winds broke a tree branch that struck an electric post.

“The branch of an acacia tree broke and hit the main line of the Veco post. The post fell by the roadside and its wires blocked the center of the road,” said PO1 Nicholas Quijano Jr. of the San Fernando Police Station in Cebuano.

The incident also caused heavy traffic on the highway, which was filled with commuters on their way home for the New Year celebration.

Clearing operation star-ted around 8 p.m. and was finished at 11 p.m.

The town’s disaster unit and fire station helped cut the branch while police manned traffic.

The Visayan Electric Company (Veco) restored power at 4:30 p.m.

Eric Ching, head of Veco’s Reputation Enhancement Department, said the fallen acacia branch hit its main or primary power lines that switch on to several feeders.

Anton Perdices, Veco senior vice president and chief operating officer, said their technical people were quick to respond to the incident.

Perdices said the restoration of power took some time due to the big damage to the power lines.

Last Friday, the neighboring city of Carcar was struck by a 3.3 magnitude earthquake at 8:12 p.m.

The epicenter was located two kilometers south of the city center.

No damage was reported.
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