6:07 AM 4/20/2018 – The San Juan Daily Star on 4.19.18: Excavator Blamed for Islandwide Blackout

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By DANICA COTO (AP)

An islandwide blackout hit Puerto Rico
on Wednesday as crews worked to repair
an increasingly unstable power grid
nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line.
Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to
fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers
as outrage grew across the island about
the state of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority.
It is the second major outage in less than a
week, with the previous one affecting some
840,000 customers.
“This is too much,” said Luis Oscar Rivera,
a 42-year-old computer technician who just got
normal power back at his house less than two
months ago. “It’s like the first day of Maria all
over again.”
Several large power outages have hit Puerto
Rico in recent months, but Wednesday was the
first time since the Category 4 storm struck on
Sept. 20 that the U.S. territory has experienced a
full islandwide blackout. It snarled traffic across
the island, interrupted classes and work and
forced dozens of businesses to temporarily close,
including the island’s largest mall and popular
tourist attractions like a 16th-century fort in the
historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital.
Backup generators roared to life at the island’s
largest public hospital and at its main international
airport, where officials reported no
cancellations or delays. Meanwhile, the power… 

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