Argentina and Uruguay have been left without power after a “failure in the electrical interconnection system”.
Edusur, a major provider to the two nations, confirmed the outage in a tweet.
Argentine website Infobae said Edusar confirmed “the blackout is at a country level and also affects Uruguay” and said nothing like this had ever happened.
The outage is understood to have happened at 7am local time, about 12pm GMT and is affecting millions of people.
The speaker of Argentinian Civil Protection, Daniel Russo, has told TN TV it could take between six and eight hours to re-establish power, but said some places are back to normal.
Uruguay’s electricity service body UTE tweeted: “At 7.06 a defect in the Argentine network affected the interconnected system leaving the entire national territory without service, as did several provinces of the neighbouring country.”
It’s also believed to be affecting parts of Brazil.
The Provincial Energy Company of Cordoba said: “The Provincial Energy Company of Córdoba reports that, due to a failure outside Epec, in 500 kV of the national interconnected system operated by Transener, there was a zero-voltage restriction that affected much of the country including the Province of Córdoba, as well as the Province of Córdoba, as well as the Province of Córdoba, as well as areas of Santa Fe, Capital Federal and Province of Buenos Aires. At this time, work is being made to determine the reason for the failure and to be able to restore the supply in the shortest possible time.”
It has also had a knock-on effect to the water supply in Santa Fe and by areas supplied by AySA.
People have reported blackouts in several regions. One twitter user shared an image of the darkened Mar del Plata.
The power outage means trains, subways and the metro cannot run and could affect whether schools and offices can open today.
It could also impact the regional elections taking place in several parts of Argentina.
Images on local media show some people casting their votes while others hold their mobile phones above them to cast light on the ballot paper.
There are reports that some places opened later for voting because of the power outage.
Infobae also reports that the website for the National Entity for Energy Regulation (ENRE) is down. The site should report power outages in real time.
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