Power restored to 1 million in Puerto Rico after total blackout

Attached Image Josh Tomlin

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.

A driver drives a vehicle along the street after Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island's power company, said on Wednesday that a major power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to nearly all customers, in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 18, 2018.

It was only a few hours later that an excavator working near a fallen 140-foot transmission tower on the southern part of the island got too close to a high-voltage line.

PREPA estimated on Wednesday that it would take 24 to 36 hours to restore service to all customers that had power before Wednesday's blackout.

"Today's total power outage in Puerto Rico pinpoints the fact that we are still in a very fragile state", she said. The origin stemmed from an excavator's connection with a power line that caused the major electrical blowout.

The latest blackout came just one week after 840,000 customers were left without power after a single tree fell on another power line in the center of the island in a major outage caused by the same subcontractor, according to officials.

The outage was the second in a week related to work being done by D.Grimm.

PREPA said on Twitter that several power plants were back in service, including units at Central Aguirre, EcoElectrica, Central Costa Sur, Yabucoa and Palo Seco.

While the most recent outage highlights lingering infrastructure issues following Hurricane Maria in September, it may also obscure a near-complete comeback for the island's critical tourism sector.

The outage did not stop the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins being played on the island. This led to an electrical ground fault that caused the outage of the transmission circuit that caused the island-wide blackout.

The island of 3.4 million residents was open for business again, government officials said.

The power outage comes two days after PREPA published an online video celebrating the restoration of electric service to 97 percent of their customers. Our local Walla Walla Army Corps of Engineers still has a team down there, working to restore power after a massive Category 4 hurricane devastated the island previous year.

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

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

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump tweets dislike for TPP trade pact
Apr 19, 2018 - 02:56
Five of the 17 were returned home in 2002, but North Korea maintains eight have died and the other four were never in the country. Both are avid golfers, and the president started his Asia work trip past year by playing rounds with Shinzo Abe in Japan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Starbucks to Close for Racial-Bias Training
Apr 19, 2018 - 02:55
A manager called police after the men declined to leave the premises because, they said, they were waiting for an acquaintance. To combat this situation, Starbucks Corp is planning to close down 8,000 company-owned U.S. cafes for the afternoon on May 29.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top John Cena, of West Newbury, and Nikki Bella break off their engagement
Apr 18, 2018 - 00:47
And for the longest time he said he didn't think he had room in his life for a spouse or kids. The source continued, "They have had an on and off relationship for years".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Video shows police punching Harvard student found naked in the street
Apr 18, 2018 - 00:45
They say he was transported to the hospital for an evaluation and spit a mixture of blood and saliva at an EMT while en route. Bard said they made "numerous attempts" to try to calm Ohene down but he was hostile when officers tried to talk to him.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top What to do if you miss the tax filing deadline
Apr 17, 2018 - 10:43
Additionally, an accountant is not an auditor of your return, you are responsible for the information listed. Another thing to keep in mind, if you need more time, is to file for an extension , according to Roseman.

Hannity denies being represented by Cohen as court drama unfolds
Apr 17, 2018 - 10:42
Lawyers for Cohen and Trump have argued that the seizure could lead to violations of attorney-client privilege. By any standards of any normal newsroom, the Cohen-Hannity relationship is a glaring conflict of interest.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's "personal business dealings"
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:19
He has described the raids as an overreach by prosecutors into the privileged communications between Cohen and his client, Trump. Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tornado watch issued for Monroe, Randolph counties
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:17
We encourage you to stay up to date with the latest updates into the weekend as new information becomes available. This line of storms will move from northwest to southeast across the area Friday evening through Friday night.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iron Studios' Cull Obsidian statue from Avengers: Infinity War revealed
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:42
Avengers: Infinity War is the third film in The Avengers movie series and the culmination of ten years' worth of story threads in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Five more athletes missing from Commonwealth Games village
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:39
Although the Australian Border Force has been informed, the athletes are not yet in breach of their visa conditions. This comes days after eight Cameroonian athletes went missing at the games, raising concern from the organizers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Riddle of what Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin saw
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:36
Cohen and Trump have publicly blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids, with Cohen calling them "inappropriate". The lawsuit also alleges that AMI and Davidson coordinated with Cohen as they negotiated the contract to kill the story.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Will Ferrell Released From Hospital After Accident On California Highway
Apr 14, 2018 - 06:26
Ferrell and Eichner talked about the upcoming primary in CA-49, and the actor appeared as Ron Burgundy from Anchorman . The SUV occupied by Ferrell and his colleagues had been in the HOV lane when it was struck by the other vehicle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher left loaded gun in public restroom
Apr 13, 2018 - 02:06
Runcie maintained Cruz never benefited from PROMISE and said the program is effective in ending the "school-to-prison" pipeline. McNeil confirmed that Cruz now has Microsoft stock worth $2,227, as well as a bank account with $353.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Shares Continuing to Trade Below Moving Averages: The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)
Apr 13, 2018 - 02:05
Stockholders of record on Tuesday , May 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.125 per share. ( NYSE :KR) or 2.36 million shares. Its down 0.04, from 1 in 2017Q3. 103.09 million shares or 2.97% more from 100.12 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple hits green energy target
Apr 12, 2018 - 00:19
The push toward renewable energy has included some creative solutions, including 300 solar rooftops in Japan and 800 in Singapore. That proclamation followed a 2015 deal that made Apple the largest corporate user of renewable power in the U.S.