Puerto Rico hit with partial power loss after explosion power plant



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Utility workers are racing to restore power on the island; Laura Ingle has the story for ” Special Report.’

An explosion in one of the most important power plant in Puerto Rico caused a power outage in part of the island, on Sunday, as officials said that several municipalities were without power.

It was not immediately known what the cause of the explosion, from a fire, but also the areas of the territory of the V. S., including parts of the capital, San Juan — were without power.

“We’re trying to restore that as quickly as possible,” the company told The Associated Press.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted updates on the outage, reassuring the island that no injuries have been reported.

Around 9 o’clock in the evening, Cruz identifies the areas of San Juan — such as Placita and Santurce — get their power turned back on. Just before 10 a.m., the mayor tweeted: “It turns out the fire almost completely extinguished and the cooling phase is the beginning. No injuries reported.”

It turns out the fire almost completely extinguished and the cooling phase is the beginning. No injuries were reported.

— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) February 12, 2018

More than 400,000 power customers remained in the dark for more than five months after the Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

The Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system led to an estimated $94 billion in damages.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has recently announced that he was planning the privatisation of the state-owned power company, which has $9 billion in debt and to rely on the infrastructure, almost three times older than the average in the industry. It would be the largest restructuring of a public entity in AMERICAN history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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