My daughter just skyped from Panama. Major power outage for 7 hours there. Glad I wasn't there. Several cities really means most of the country. Heather said she heard only Chiriqui province had power. Power affected all water - meaning they had none. All her friends live in high rise apartments so no elevator service. There is high security to get in buildings so I think they also couldn't get into their buildings. Heather's building is old and uses keys and she's on the 2nd floor.Apparently a tourist was killed during the explosion.http://touristkilled.com/major-power-outage-panama-due-to-ex...peru.com reported that a power failure is the result of three explosions in a mother plant that supplies five cities, including the capital city . There is alarm in the population. Panama. A national power blackout affects the Central American country of Panama from 1445 hours (19.45 GMT) due to damage to the main line of electricity transmission. A spokesman for the Fire Department of Panama referred to the local radio station Hot “not known at what time the service will be achieved restore” that has left the country without traffic lights, people trapped in elevators and cut the water supply in several sectors of capital.
That's terrible! I'm so glad Heather's OK and that you're home safe. I hope there's plenty of bottled water available in Panama, not to mention food and medical/safety services. If a trustworthy charity gets involved, I'll make a donation.
I think the power is already back on. Heather went with a friend to a restaurant that stayed open because they had a gas grill. But even their drinks machine was shut down because it runs on electricity. I don't exactly know what she drank during all that time. But she's back home with the air on and her own bottled water. She said she walked about 3 miles from her friend's to another place and finally home during all the drama.
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