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Puerto Rico back in darkness after island-wide blackout

Puerto Rico back in darkness after island-wide blackout

Puerto Rico back in darkness after island-wide blackout

Mammoth Energy, the parent company of Cobra, said in a statement to ABC News "Cobra is dedicated to the hard work that lies ahead and continues to work around-the-clock with PREPA and the citizens of Puerto Rico to fix the entire infrastructure system to prevent outages such as this one from affecting the entire population on the island". Coto noted that around 40,000 power customers on the island still remain without normal electrical service due to the hurricane.

While Puerto Rico had been hit with several major blackouts in the hurricane's wake, Wednesday marked the first time power was knocked out to the entire island since the vicious Category 4 hurricane made landfall on September 20.

Backup generators roared to life at the island's largest public hospital and at its main worldwide airport, where officials reported no cancellations or delays.

Power company spokeswoman Yohari Molina told The Associated Press that crews were investigating what caused the blackout, saying she had no other details. According to media reports the accident, which involved an excavator used by a subcontracted company hired to restore power on the island in the wake of massive damage caused by Hurricane Maria, occurred in the southeast of the country. Following that would be businesses and then homes. She said all emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn stadium are functioning and that tower lights and additional security will be placed at the stadium's parking lot. The local utility said it detected a failure on a prominent distribution line that connects a major generating station in the south of the island to substations in the north, where most of the population lives.

It is the first island-wide power outage since the storm.

Gonzalez said it is possible that only 1 to 2 percent of customers had power after the incident, as compared to 92.7 percent before the outage.

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"This is all very worrisome, obviously, as we approach another hurricane season", said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, told USA Today.

The island of 3.4 million residents was open for business again, government officials said.

The U.S. Army's top engineer said in February that their role was never to completely rebuild the power system.

Right now, all of the focus is on bringing the main generators back online. but this is a frustrating time not only for the relief workers but for the citizens themselves, since almost 40,000 are still without normal electricity as a result of Hurricane Maria.

A blackout hit Puerto Rico this morning, knocking out power all over the island.

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