Tens of thousands in dark after blackout hits U.S. Virgin Islands

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 17: Damaged homes dot the hillside more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall September 17, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Hurricane Irma slammed into the

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ power company on Friday reported a complete blackout in St. John and St. Thomas, which is the U.S. territory’s most populated island.

Officials said the outage occurred late Thursday when a key power plant lost all generation capacity for unknown reasons.

The Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority said it did not know when power would be restored. More than 51,600 people live in St. Thomas and more than 4,000 people live in St. John.