Puerto Rico Is Once Again Entirely Without Power

It's the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2018 12:28 PM CDT
In this Dec. 21, 2017 file photo, six year old Melanie Oliveras Gonz?lez remains seated on the balcony of her house, in Barrio Patr?n, Morovis, Puerto Rico.   (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

(Newser) – An island-wide blackout has hit Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory. Electric Power Authority spokeswoman Yohari Molina tells the AP that crews are investigating the cause. Officials said Wednesday it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power. It's the first time since Category 4 storm hit on Sept. 20 that Puerto Rico has experienced a full island-wide blackout. Some 40,000 power customers were still without normal electricity service as a result of the hurricane. (Read more Puerto Rico stories.)

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