Power restored to 1 million in Puerto Rico after total blackout

Bringing power to the people of Puerto Rico

Bringing power to the people of Puerto Rico

This was the second massive outage in less than a week - one last Thursday affected 840,000 customers, the AP's Danica Coto noted. On Wednesday, an excavator used by the contractor hit a transmission line near the south coast.

Almost 1.5 million PREPA customers lost power Wednesday, when a crew working to restore a collapsed tower hit a transmission line, knocking out electricity for the entire island. Within hours, long lines were reported at local gas stations and gridlock at some of the larger intersections in the San Juan area.

M - After seven months and close to $2.5 billion, nearly everybody in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico had their lights back on - until a freak accident on Wednesday plunged the entire island once again into darkness, NYTimesreported.

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Backup generators roared to life at the island's largest public hospital and at its main global airport, where officials reported no cancellations or delays.

The priority is to restore service to critical structures such as hospitals, the airport, water pumps and banks, according to the agency's Twitter account. As companies attempted to bring the grid back online after the hurricane hit, the Telsa CEO offered to help restore power to communities as part of a "flagship project" for the company.

The power outage has called into question a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians scheduled for Wednesday night in San Juan. The island of 3.4 million residents was open for business again, government officials said. Dgrimm had been asked to change its security protocols after the first incident, and it has since been terminated, said William Rios, power generation director.

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Rivera said he worries that such serious power outages are still occurring as the new Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1, approaches. He said Tesla already did similar work on smaller islands. "The media has been really negligent in paying attention to an issue that is really, really important, that is life threatening to Puerto Ricans and that we know likely would never happen if it were happening somewhere on the mainland like Hurricane Harvey in Texas this fall", she said. Some 40,000 power customers still remain without normal electrical service as a result of the hurricane.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement Wednesday that he had suggested the power authority cancel the contract with the subcontractor responsible for the outage.

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