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As at 3 p.m. today approximately 85% of the electricity infrastructure has been energised, following the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Some of the major areas still out include: Ti Rocher into Forestierre, Babonneau, La Guerre, Cabiche and Bocage, where a number of poles were downed; some parts of Dennery (La Ressource, Aux Lyons, Denniere Riviere); the area between Morne Cayenne and Morne Andrew in Vieux Fort; some parts of Choiseul (Liriche into Morne Sion, Caffiere into Roblot); some parts of Soufriere between Etangs and Jalousie; part of Millet including the Roseau Dam; and Trois Piton to Deglos. There is also a recurring fault at Ciceron that needs to be resolved.

LUCELEC crews are working in all these areas and most of these should be back on later today.

Overall, the main electricity infrastructure held up fairly well during Tropical Storm Matthew. Apart from the Union Substation which suffered some minimal flooding, the Cul De Sac Power Station and the remaining substations (Cul De Sac, Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Praslin, Castries, Reduit) all came through the weather system intact.

Several parts of the island suffered power outages as a result of the loss of Union Substation, branches or trees falling on power lines or poles coming down. Based on system loading, approximately, 70% of customers would have been affected.

Power restoration work began early Thursday morning and steady progress has been made. The expectation is that power should be restored to 98% of the system by the end of the day.

A further update will be provided by 6 p.m.

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