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Anyone hear why we have a power outage in STT?

 
Alana33
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Been off for about 30 minutes so far.
I can see lights on Peterborg Pt. but not anywhere else.
Tried calling WAPA but no getting thru to line dept.

Never mind, I just got a VITEMA alert:

WAPA LARGEST GENERATOR FAILS; ISLAND WIDE SERVICE INTERRUPTION EXPERIENCED
At about 7:05 pm, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority experienced a failure of its largest generating unit, Unit 23, a failure that tripped two other generators and subsequently all feeders in the St. Thomas St. John Water Island district. WAPA is investigating whether a reported surge in the Estate Altona / Frenchtown area reached back to the power plant tripping the generating units.

WAPA is in the process of restarting three generating units and once those units are stabilized and enough capacity exists, begin the process of restoring service to all feeders. There is no restoration timeline at this time. More updates to follow.

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Topic starter Posted : April 10, 2016 10:42 pm
Spartygrad95
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We are out in Peterborg too. Gens running

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Posted : April 10, 2016 11:02 pm
STTsailor
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It's been one hour.
Plz Post an update if u get any.

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Posted : April 10, 2016 11:03 pm
islandjoan
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Isn't unit 23 the generator that was supposed to be fixed with the 7 cents per gallon tax we have all been paying for 4 years now?!

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Posted : April 10, 2016 11:15 pm
Alana33
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What can you expect from WAPA, besides outages.
Of course, if the VI Government would pay the over $40 Million Dollars it owes WAPA, we may not have to endure these outages.

I'll post if I receive any further updates from VITEMA but it may be a long outage as STJ is offline as well.

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Topic starter Posted : April 10, 2016 11:32 pm
AandA2VI
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Sounds like y'all will be out for a while, I keep getting the alerts too. 🙁

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Posted : April 11, 2016 1:21 am
Alana33
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Here's the latest from 10:06 which basically says nothing.

"WAPA continues efforts to restore electrical power after the largest generating, Unit 23, and two other generators tripped off line at 7 pm resulting in an island wide service interruption. Plant personnel are working to successfully start at least three units to provide the capacity needed to begin restoring electrical service across the district."

I'm low on fuel for generator so charging everything, filling buckets and some pots with water, vacuumed and showered, just in case. Turned up thermostat on refrigerator and freezer, have flashlights and battery operated florescent lights, radio, spare batteries, battery operated fans so I'm as ready as I can be if I run out of fuel. Planned on calling for 80 gallons to be delivered by next month but since it's such a small amount I really have to be almost completely out before I get refilled.

Hopefully, WAPA will surprise us and not have days of no or rotating power.
Wonder if they've begged Hugo Hodge to come help them?

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2016 1:34 am
islandjoan
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Ok I know this isn't nice of me but I can't help but ask if old tart has power?:D

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Posted : April 11, 2016 2:25 am
Alana33
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Nope!
Anyone without a generator or solar is out on STT, STJ and Water Island.
But that shouldn't be an issue for OT.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2016 3:40 am
Alana33
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Spartygrad95
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Our power was back on in Peterborg by 10.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 8:17 am
Spartygrad95
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Nope!
Anyone without a generator or solar is out on STT, STJ and Water Island.
But that shouldn't be an issue for OT.

Nope. I was wrong. We had power back on here by 9 because I went to bed at 930 and power was back. Looks like its partially just your location again.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 8:29 am
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Headline: WAPA RESTORES POWER TO ST. THOMAS ST. JOHN DISTRICT; UNIT 23 RESTORED TO SERVICE

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority restored power to the St. Thomas St. John district around 2:30 a.m. Monday after the successful restart of the Authority's largest generating unit, Unit 23 and Unit 25. The restoration followed a Sunday night incident where an apparent surge entered the Randolph Harley Power Plant, tripped Unit 23, two other generating units and caused a service interruption to all feeders in the district. Line crews are now patrolling Feeder 10A to determine the cause of a fault which became evident during attempts to restore the feeder.

With the successful restoration of Unit 23 and start up of Unit 25, service restoration began at 2:22 a.m. WAPA apologizes for the inconvenience caused by Sunday's service interruption.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2016 8:46 am
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Different feeders come back on line at different times. Mine was back at 2:30AM - only noticed it because I'd not turned off the TV and it "pinged" when it came back on and woke me up. Yes, thank you to those who wondered if I had power and assumed I was coping with it. 😀 It was a lovely night, my solar lights kept me illuminated, my gas stove enabled a good dinner and I had plenty to occupy me. I save angst for more important matters than a few hours without power and don't need a bottle of Xanax to deal with island living!

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Posted : April 11, 2016 9:41 am
Gumbo
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Different feeders come back on line at different times. Mine was back at 2:30AM - only noticed it because I'd not turned off the TV and it "pinged" when it came back on and woke me up. Yes, thank you to those who wondered if I had power and assumed I was coping with it. 😀 It was a lovely night, my solar lights kept me illuminated, my gas stove enabled a good dinner and I had plenty to occupy me. I save angst for more important matters than a few hours without power and don't need a bottle of Xanax to deal with island living!

same here (tu)
it was a really nice quiet time too read.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 10:28 pm
daveb722
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Unfortunately we only lose power once or twice a year in the states, but I agree with OT. It's nice to not have all that noise (tv, internet, this forum, etc) and to be able to enjoy some quiet time with the family.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 10:31 pm
STTsailor
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Unfortunately we only lose power once or twice a year in the states, but I agree with OT. It's nice to not have all that noise (tv, internet, this forum, etc) and to be able to enjoy some quiet time with the family.

And a humming of generators+diesel fumes. So nice!

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Posted : April 12, 2016 5:06 pm
Alana33
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That was the prevailing sound after Hugo and Marilyn, made even noisier because there were no leaves on trees and bushes to deaden the sounds. Even tho I love my generator, it gets on one's nerves after awhile.

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Topic starter Posted : April 12, 2016 5:13 pm
OldTart
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And a humming of generators+diesel fumes. So nice!

My close by neighbors have generators - not a sound and no odors at all. The newer ones are a world apart from the old ones. There's one a good distance away from me which must date back to the ark - can't smell anything but it's VERY loud.

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Posted : April 12, 2016 5:27 pm
Alana33
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Hey OT, you interested in my 26 1/2 year old 5000 watt gas generator with an 5 gallon tank that runs for 8 hrs.on a tank? It'll run the refrigerator, hot water heater, water pump, a few lights, TV/VCR and the washing machine but not the dryer.
Of course you can't run the washing machine at same time as everything else except pump.

Let me know. I have it checked every year and as of last June it was running but I have the big diesel one that takes care of the entire property here and was just hanging on to the little one for sentimental reasons since it got me thru every hurricane - long term outage since Hugo before I moved to this house.
My generator mechanic is always in awe. He calls it the energizer bunny of gas generators.

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Topic starter Posted : April 12, 2016 7:06 pm
OldTart
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Lived with one of those for 6 months after Marilyn. 😀 My cottage is a bit of an oddball where power's concerned with (I think) half of it hooked into the main house and half independent. I'll get the lowdown and get back to you!

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Posted : April 12, 2016 9:09 pm
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