The Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority have flaunted Wednesday early morning that ONLY 3 per-cent of its own clients are without electrical power, significantly wrapping up just what several estimations named the largest electrical power failing within US history.
In another blow to its recovery efforts, an island-wide power outage left most of Puerto Rico in the dark, with only a fraction of residents regaining electricity by Wednesday night. Elon Musk took to Twitter to say that the blackout hasn't hit everywhere, and he intends to bring even more power to the island.
Some have been without power even longer, hit when Hurricane Irma brushed past Puerto Rico's northeast coast as a Category 5 storm on September 7, leaving 1 million customers without power, including university student Jonathan Rodriguez and his family.
An island-wide blackout has struck Puerto Rico, plunging the US territory of more than 3 million citizens back into darkness more than seven months after local and federal officials began working to restore a fragile power grid demolished by Hurricane Maria. 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 past year.
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 equipment was being operated by a subcontractor for Cobra Acquisitions. "It has caused 3.4 billion lost customer-hours in Puerto Rico - more than in the rest of the United States over the past five years". The next hurricane season is less than two months away.
"They haven't given us any information", he said of power restoration crews. "Visitors that travel to Puerto Rico should not be concerned about their travel plans being affected", the statement adds. "The grid is so fragile and they're just barely able to get the lights back on".
In response to the controversy, the government of Puerto Rico canceled the contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings on October 29, 2017. In a statement, it said a 140-foot electric transmission tower in southern Puerto Rico collapsed on Tuesday and fell across support wires of an adjacent tower in "an extremely congested" electric transmission corridor. While removing the fallen tower, the excavator got too close to the fallen tower that created a current between the energized transmission line and the excavator. It is the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers. "Rebuilding the generating capability of Puerto Rico was not the Corps of Engineers' task".