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Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout

Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackoutA power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory’s bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said “technical personnel” were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours. Puerto Rico’s smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.



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Elon Musk Says Tesla Batteries Weren't Affected by Puerto Rico Blackout

Elon Musk Says Tesla Batteries Weren't Affected by Puerto Rico BlackoutHe will send even more batteries to the island.



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The power is out again in Puerto Rico, 7 months after Hurricane Maria

The power is out again in Puerto Rico, 7 months after Hurricane MariaSeven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still dealing with the fallout as it experienced an island-wide blackout on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital can't believe this tiny firm's $ 300 million contract This latest power outage follows a series of outages in the months since Maria. Just last week, half of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's (PREPA) customers lost power when a tree fell across a major power line. And in November 2017, San Juan and several other cities lost power at least twice due to a failure.  The entire electrical system in Puerto Rico collapses AGAIN! Back to September 20th. @DavidBegnaud @leylasantiago @maddow @stephencolbertr — Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) April 18, 2018 Per CNN, PREPA is focusing primary efforts on getting power back to hospital and water services as well as banks and the city of San Juan. The outage was reportedly caused when an excavator hit a main transmission line while clearing vegetation. PREPA is hoping to have power restored in the next 24 to 36 hours One spotlight event will go on as scheduled, though. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are in San Juan for a two-game series and Wednesday's night game will go forward as planned thanks to generators to power the lights at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.  All emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn Stadium have been tested just now and are fully functional. The game will GO ON. Nothing will stop us pic.twitter.com/u4jpCkjc1Q — Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) April 18, 2018 The island's infrastructure and power grid were already fragile
before Maria struck in late September 2017, lashing the island with sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour, throwing the entire island into the dark and straining resources.  Controversy has followed recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, including President Trump's disastrous response to the storm and the much-debated contract initially given to Whitefish Energy to repair the power infrastructure. And the exact death toll from the storm is still unknown; while the official number stands at 65, this number is likely far too low, with some estimates pegging it at closer to 1,000.



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Puerto Rico to get $18.5 billion to rebuild shattered housing market

Puerto Rico to get $  18.5 billion to rebuild shattered housing marketPuerto Rico will receive $ 18.5 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help rebuild its battered housing stock and infrastructure after September’s Hurricane Maria, the island’s governor and HUD officials said on Tuesday. The funding for the U.S. territory was the largest grant in the history of the HUD, said HUD undersecretary Pamela Patenaude. HUD is awarding a total of roughly $ 28 billion to nine states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico that have been recently affected by major disasters, including Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, as well as the recent California wildfires.



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Puerto Rico To Shutter 283 More Schools This Summer As Education Crisis Deepens

Puerto Rico To Shutter 283 More Schools This Summer As Education Crisis DeepensIn another bleak development for Puerto Rico's decimated education system, the



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FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time as storm season nears

FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time as storm season nearsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $ 50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned that the U.S. territory is not ready for another disaster.



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Living off the land: How these Puerto Rican farmers survived the storm

Living off the land: How these Puerto Rican farmers survived the stormFood supplies were dwindling on the island after Hurricane Maria but this family of sustainable farmers had their crops.



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13 Stunning GIFs Show Puerto Rico's Road To Recovery

13 Stunning GIFs Show Puerto Rico's Road To RecoverySix months after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico,



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A Look Back At Puerto Rico, 6 Months After The Storm

A Look Back At Puerto Rico, 6 Months After The StormSix months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, HuffPost revisits a reporting trip from October to show how the island’s most vulnerable residents had to wait weeks for aid.



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Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the dark

Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the darkPuerto Rico’s power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria slammed the island. Justo Gonzalez, head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), said that one of the island’s main transmission lines was out of service. The government-owned utility has 1.5 customers out of a population of 3.5 million — not counting the 500,000 Puerto Ricans who left since Maria struck on September 20, 2017.



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