Today we spoke with Major Catalina Carrasco, who says they are specifically working with Prepa, the Puerto Rican electric power authority, to get things back up and running. Officials said restoring power to hospitals, airports, banking centers and water pumping systems was their priority.
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PREPA's interim director, Justo González, said Wednesday that Cobra Energy, a USA private contractor, hit the transmission line with a crane, causing multiple power plants to shut down in quick succession.
The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power on Wednesday. Before that can happen, the power authority must perform exhaustive diagnostic protocols to find the cause of the failure and protect the system from further disruptions.
PREPA, Puerto Rico's electricity agency, said Thursday more than 684,000 residents had already had power restored. Within hours, long lines were reported at local gas stations and gridlock at some of the larger intersections in the San Juan area.
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A general view shows a street after a major power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to nearly all customers, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 18.
The island has really been hit with a one-two punch since just last week, when a tree fell on another power line - leaving 840,000 people without power. It was the second widespread failure in less than a week, underscoring just how fragile Puerto Rico's electricity remains since the storm hit.
In March, six months since Hurricane Maria walloped the island, Gov. Rossello said that the electrical grid being put up now will be weaker than the grid that existed before the storm, adding that it could take almost five years for a stronger grid to be built. The board also said Puerto Rico's government should cut sick leave and vacation pay by half and eliminate a Christmas bonus. 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.
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With a debt of $9 billion, PREPA filed for a form of bankruptcy previous year. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island.