Blackout Hits Northern Puerto Rico Following Explosion, Fire

Explosion cuts power in Puerto Rico

Explosion cuts power in Puerto Rico

An explosion at a main power plant in Puerto Rico triggered a blackout across part of the island on Sunday, as officials said several municipalities were without power.

Officials with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said late Sunday that several municipalities are without power, including parts of the capital of San Juan.

The fire was caused by a mechanical failure and impacted sections of San Juan, Trujillo Alto, Guaynabo, Carolina, Caguas, and Juncos, PREPA spokesman Carlos Monroig told CNN.

"We are trying to restore that as quickly as possible", the company said.

No injuries were reported, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted on her verified account. As of around 9:15 p.m., Cruz tweeted that it appeared the fire had been nearly totally extinguished, and there were reports that parts of San Juan were getting electricity back.

More than 400,000 power customers have remained in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico. The Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island's power distribution system and caused up to an estimated $94 billion in damage.

Puerto Rico's governor recently announced that he plans to privatize the state-owned power company, which is $9 billion in debt and relying on infrastructure almost three times older than the industry average.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Korea women's hockey team to make much-awaited Olympic debut

    Korea women's hockey team to make much-awaited Olympic debut

    But folks were stunned when they thought they also saw North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump . And the unified entry of the Korean athletes at the opening ceremony presented a truly cringeworthy moment.
    Five arrests after protests at UW Patriot Prayer rally

    Five arrests after protests at UW Patriot Prayer rally

    A handful of arrests were made after a college Republican rally at the University of Washington drew counterprotesters Saturday. College Republicans invited the Vancouver-based group Patriot Prayer to speak in Red Square.
    China starts introduction of stealth fighter jets into combat units

    China starts introduction of stealth fighter jets into combat units

    China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been commissioned into the air force's combat service, a spokesperson confirmed Friday. Air Force, is the J-20's closest lookalike.
  • Israel and Palestinians both hindering peace plan

    Israel and Palestinians both hindering peace plan

    President Trump angered Palestinians in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100 percent honest about it.
    JB Hi-Fi Must Be Still Selling A Lot Of Games And Consoles

    JB Hi-Fi Must Be Still Selling A Lot Of Games And Consoles

    On a brighter note, the company's online sales in New Zealand jumped 90 per cent to $4.8m and are now almost 4pc of total sales. The company's 15 New Zealand stores are a small part to the Australian group's 311 JB Hi-Fi and Good Guys retail outlets.
    N Korean 'First Sister' Returns Home After Sensational Appearance at Olympics

    N Korean 'First Sister' Returns Home After Sensational Appearance at Olympics

    Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife were seated beside the Moons and next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife. Pence appeared to leave the door open for negotiations earlier this week when he said, "I haven't requested any meeting".
  • Gary Neville Fears the Potential Burnout of Liverpool Forward Roberto Firmino

    Gary Neville Fears the Potential Burnout of Liverpool Forward Roberto Firmino

    Liverpool travel to Southampton on Sunday afternoon where they'll hope to continue to maintain their place in the top four. Liverpool striker Danny Ings has hailed his return to first-team action under manager Jurgen Klopp as "a massive relief".
    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan: Paul Ryan has 'got problems'

    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan: Paul Ryan has 'got problems'

    On this week's broadcast of " Fox News Sunday ", House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. The House is expected to vote on the budget later Thursday, but House Speaker Paul D.
    Manhunt for sex attacker of 10-year-old in Openshaw

    Manhunt for sex attacker of 10-year-old in Openshaw

    The fearless girl managed to flee after the man, aged in his 20s, attempted to assault her in Openshaw, Manchester. Police are speaking to witnesses and examining CCTV, but want to hear from anyone who might have information.
  • After S. Korea visit, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North

    After S. Korea visit, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North

    He has not even been to China, North Korea's traditional ally, as leader and has snubbed recent high-ranking visitors. She verbally conveyed Kim's invitation to Moon "to visit the North at his most convenient time", he added.
    US Vice President Mike Pence

    US Vice President Mike Pence

    Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang. Otto was returned to the U.S.in an unconscious state, but died a week later at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
    Survival of the Fittest SPOILERS: Your first look at The Lodge!

    Survival of the Fittest SPOILERS: Your first look at The Lodge!

    The challenge was stopped and she was seen by show medics, before being taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. Georgia says, "At the end when she knew that was it, she even said 'I'm sorry girls, I'm sorry'".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.