San Juan mayor: Power outage won't stop Puerto Rico Series finale

Saul Bowman
April 19, 2018

Francisco Lindor smacked a two-run homer in his home country as the Indians topped the Twins 6-1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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.

Since Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, more than 3.4 billion hours of electricity has been lost on the island, the second-longest blackout in world history.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A home run, at his homecoming.

Officials believe it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to the territory, according to the AP.


Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans living in communities located in the east and central regions of the island had yet to see their lights come back on since the hurricane. The city's main public hospital and global airport were forced to switch to backup generators.

Puerto Rico's power authority faced widespread criticism late a year ago 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. That sudden loss of power transmission, he said, then makes it impossible for substations to keep running. "We are always aware that something like this can happen", she said.

Carmen Yulin Cruz says extra generators have been brought to the stadium, and there will be an additional police presence.

"If there's a slight storm, we're going to be worse off than we are right now", he said. The local utility said it detected a failure on a prominent distribution line that connects a major generating station in the south of the island to substations in the north, where most of the population lives. Officials say it will take 24 to 36 hours to restore power after a Island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico almost seven months after Hurricane Maria.

The power company own customer service center was out of service, it said, asking people to go online or use the phone.

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