Puerto Rico loses power across entire island

"Our technical personnel is inspecting this line to determine the causes of the failure", said Justo González Torres, executive director at PREPA, in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the public utility company charged with serving the island, tweeted that it expects the current, island-wide blackout to last 24 to 36 hours, deepening the ongoing blackout that has already been the largest in USA history and the second-largest in the history of the world.

The grid has been unstable since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the USA territory struggles to fix an increasingly unstable power grid almost seven months after Hurricane Maria. "She recognized this was a unique chance to help people in need in Puerto Rico".


Puerto Rico, home to more than 3 million U.S. citizens, has grappled with widespread power outages for months since Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island. "It's like the first day of Maria all over again", he told the Associated Press. The utility tweeted an image it says was of the tree that fell across a power line near the southeast mountain town of Cayey. He noted it was the same problem that caused a 2016 power outage that affected the entire island.

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now", he said.

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.

Puerto Rico's power authority faced widespread criticism late past year for signing a $300 million contract to restore power with Whitefish Energy Holdings, a small Montana-based firm with only two employees at the time.

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