Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Puerto Rico hit by islandwide blackout again after hurricane

Puerto Rico hit by islandwide blackout again after hurricane

"This is the second power failure that has affected the people of Puerto Rico in less than a week", he said in the statement. On Wednesday, an excavator used by the contractor hit a transmission line near the south coast. Grimm, a civil land and energy contractor based in Conroe, Texas, took down a transmission line while working to restore power to the island on Wednesday. Long lines formed stations across the island, while authorities offered assurances that there was enough gasoline available.

Only 334,000 of the island's more than 3 million residents had power as of 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, CNN reported, and thousands have been left in the dark for months.

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. "We are prepared. Every area of Hiram Bithorn Stadium can run on generators that have a capacity to run for 48 hours", Blakeman said.

"That is not normal", he said.

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

The blackout was caused by the failure of a 230-kilovolt line between the oil-fired Aguirre generating complex in Salinas and AES Corp.'s coal-fired power plant in Guayama, according to the utility.

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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.

"Well, right now we're still as motivated as ever", Major Carrasco said.

The U.S. Army's top engineer said in February that their role was never to completely rebuild the power system.

Federal officials who testified before Congress last week said they expect to have a plan by June on how to strengthen and stabilize the island's power grid, noting that up to 75 percent of distribution lines were damaged by high winds and flooding.

Right now, all of the focus is on bringing the main generators back online. but this is a frustrating time not only for the relief workers but for the citizens themselves, since almost 40,000 are still without normal electricity as a result of Hurricane Maria. The company was clearing vegetation at the time; 870,000 residents were affected by that blackout, including many residents of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan.

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