Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout seven months after Hurricane Maria

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico - AP News

Francisco Lindor smacked a two-run homer in his home country as the Indians topped the Twins 6-1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PREPA attributed the blackout to a failure in a line that begins in the island's largest power plant.

There have been countless outages across Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck on September 20 and damaged the island's power grid.

While officials in Puerto Rico probe the cause of an island-wide blackout that hit Wednesday morning, it is not expected to have an impact on the Major League Baseball game scheduled in San Juan. It could take as long as 36 hours to restore electricity to everyone, according to PREPA, the highly indebted company that generates and delivers all public power on the island. "It's like the first day of Maria all over again".

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Puerto Rico's electric grid has suffered in the months since Hurricane Maria struck the island. The city's main public hospital and worldwide airport were forced to switch to backup generators. Tower lights will be brought into the parking lots, according to Cruz's tweet.

"Most importantly, we got the win", Lindor 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.

PREPA's interim director Justo González said Wednesday that Cobra Energy, a USA private contractor, hit the transmission line with a crane, as reported in El Nuevo Dia.

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The island is home to more than 3 million USA citizens. But the AP says Wednesday's outage is the first to affect the entire island since the storm.

"Everything went silent", Perez said.

Some 40,000 power customers are still without even normal electricity service as a result of the hurricane.

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The new blackout occurred as Puerto Rico legislators debate a bill that would privatize the island's power company, which is $14 billion in debt and relies on infrastructure almost three times older than the industry average.

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