University-Wide Power Outage at MMC

Graham Center lighting is dimmed due to power outage. Courtesy of Calvin Mittra.

Maya Washburn / Asst. News Director

FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) experienced a power outage this morning due to a downed powerline nearby.

The outage lasted from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5., following a powerline collapse on Southwest 117 Avenue, according to a university-wide email. This impacted traffic near campus.

“Traffic around the west side of MMC is temporarily being diverted,” stated the email. “To access the campus, please use the entrance on Southwest 117 Avenue and Southwest 11 Street or the entrances on the east and north sides of campus.”

Julian Lacayo, a student operations assistant at the Graham Center, said he noticed power lost a few times today in the building, which then triggered fire alarms to sound. 

Florida Power and Light (FPL) is currently repairing the damaged powerline, which may cause more power outages throughout the day, according to the email.

“Please plan accordingly, and take any necessary steps to save all work done electronically in the event of a power outage,” stated the email.

Lacayo also advised fellow students to be cautious of dimmed areas on campus without power for their safety.

“Just avoid the part of the building that doesn’t have power,” said Lacayo.