Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Puerto Rico Experiences an Island-Wide Blackout: What You Need To Know

Puerto Rico Experiences an Island-Wide Blackout: What You Need To Know Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause
Jerome Frank | 20 April, 2018, 01:05

Most of the island had had its power restored as Puerto Rico began the process of rebuilding its decimated electrical grid after Hurricane Maria struck in September and knocked out power to almost 1.4 million customers.

The power outage is affecting the entire island, according to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

The tropical isle of 3.4 million locals was actually open for business enterprise once again, state authorities claimed.

The power line failure in southern Puerto Rico was the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. The origin stemmed from an excavator's connection with a power line that caused the major electrical blowout. "Especially when all these reports keep coming out that [seem to] confirm what was an unspoken truth: Response to this disaster was slower and more disinterested than any other emergency response in USA history".

In response to the criticism of its work, Cobra Acquisitions said it will continue to work "around the clock" with PREPA and residents of Puerto Rico to fix the entire infrastructure system that could "prevent outages such as this one from affecting the entire population on the island".

PREPA said on Twitter that several power plants were back in service, including units at Central Aguirre, EcoElectrica, Central Costa Sur, Yabucoa and Palo Seco. The last outage, that occurred a week ago, affected 870,000 residents.

The Indians traveled to Puerto Rico last night and will take on Minnesota Twins on April 17-18 in San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium at 7:10 PM ET.

Solar power solutions become more of a desirable option following the destruction left by Hurricane Maria. As a result of these donations, today they presented a $4,000 check to Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos (www.casajulia.org), a well-respected institution for abused women in Puerto Rico founded in 1979.

Prior to the outage, more than 44,000 customers were still without normal electric service lost after the storm. This led to an electrical ground fault that caused the outage of the transmission circuit that caused the island-wide blackout.

Electricity has been restored to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an outage that plunged the entire island of Puerto Rico into darkness after an excavator struck a transmission line, officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the federal power restoration efforts, said they hope to have the entire island fully energized by May.

A blackout hit Puerto Rico this morning, knocking out power all over the island.

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