“Back to September 20th,” tweeted San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. The whole island of Puerto Rico went dark for the first time since Hurricane Maria. On Monday, the island’s power utility boasted that it had restored electricity to 97 percent of customers. Two days later, the precarious electric grid collapsed, plunging the entire island into a blackout for the first time in seven months.

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The whole island of Puerto Rico went dark for the first time since Hurricane Maria. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

Puerto Rico is once again hit by an islandwide blackout. The outage, reportedly caused by a construction equipment accident, is the second to hit Puerto Rico recently. Last Thursday, a fallen tree took out power for 870,000 people. Such events have become a fact of life for Puerto Ricans, who are currently living through the second biggest electricity crisis in modern world history. Only the magnitude of electric grid damage by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013, was worse.

The recovery effort continues to drag on, hampered by poor planning, rampant corruption, and logistical nightmares. So far, the hurricane has triggered more than a thousand deaths, a mental health crisis, and a mass exodus from the island.

Officials estimate that power will be restored in 24 to 36 hours. But it’s not coming back for everyone — tens of thousands of rural residents of eastern and central Puerto Rico have been waiting for their lights to turn back on since September.

And guess what? The next hurricane season is just six weeks away.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. PUBLIC SECURITY SECTION 9 AGENT PROTO SAYS ; Several times are commander used a EMP wave blast to achieve fast results to track a trouble maker hacker. It knocked out the power for 16 city block’s in NEWPORT CITY NAPON in the year of 2030. The press coverage story was a landslide with trees that caused the incident!

  2. As I mentioned before, there are many reptilian secret underground & undersea bases around Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a colony of reptilians. Of course, NOT everybody is reptilian. They need human slaves in anywhere. If so many disasters hit in some area one after another, probably it is good idea to move somewhere else because God or Galactics might suggesting “Move somewhere else!” by giving them so many disasters. Those Galactics might have some plans for those areas to sink under sea earlier than some other areas.

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