SAO PAULO — Tropical Cyclone Yakecan hit the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul and authorities said around 182,000 homes were without power as of Tuesday evening.
Local utility CEEE Equatorial said on its social media channels it had its full staff to deal with damage from the storm, which blew trees and other large objects onto power lines. The company said it could not predict when service would be fully restored.
Earlier authorities canceled football matches, closed public buildings earlier, suspended classes at schools and universities and boosted services for the homeless over fears of major disruption from winds above 60 mph (100 km/h).
Weather experts said the tropical cyclone would rock the region until Thursday morning.