Electrical Storm Causes Power, Internet Outages

A lighting storm left university buildings without power and students without Wi-Fi connectivity throughout much of campus Monday night.

According to Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey, power outages and Wi-Fi failure occurred in the Rafik B. Hariri Business School Building, Darnall Hall, sections of Leavey Center and parts of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital complex.

“The power outages were caused by the passing storms typically resulting from faults in the power grid and the power feeders safety shutdowns,“ Morey said.

With students’ taking to social media to express discontent with the lack of power and Internet in Darnall, the outages are estimated to have lasted over an hour.

Morey was unable to provide a specific time frame for repairs, but estimated that everything would be back to normal by the start of business Tuesday.

“Our utilities team is on site working to reset our feeders and bring power back to affected buildings,” Morey said.

Bianca DiSanto (MSB ’17) said that the Wi-Fi failure exacerbated the progress of her work.

“I was working on a Google Doc for a group project when the power and Wifi went out. It basically solidified why everyone hates group work,” DiSanto said.

Likewise, Sebastian Velastegui (MSB ’18) said that the power outage was inconvenient especially as it occurred at such a late hour.

“The power loss was more of a struggle because both my laptop and phone were dying with no power outlet in function to charge, and I needed to have my alarms working so that I could make it to class on time in the morning,” Velastegui said.

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