More than 700,000 Puerto Ricans affected by blackout reported | News

Puerto Rico energy authorities reported this Monday that an interruption caused by a fault caused a blackout that left some 700,000 people residing mainly in the northeastern part of Puerto Rico without electricity.


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As detailed by the company LUMA Energy, the main provider of this service in the Caribbean nation, it was a loss of generation in plants 6 and 9 of San Juan; at 3 Palo Seco; and in the 2 of Aguirre, causing a generation deficit of 1,000 megawatts (MW) and affecting some 200 substations.

Being affected the towns of San Juan, Carolina, Toa Baja, Guaynabo, Dorado, areas and areas of the capital city such as Hato Rey, Santurce and Río Piedras; meanwhile, electricity has been restored to the Medical Center, the Hospital del Maestro, part of Carolina, Hato Rey, Fajardo, Palmer, the east coast, sectors in Bayamón, Hato Tejas, Río Piedras, El Escorial, Vega Baja, Vega Alta, Toa Alta, La Plata, Corozal, Ciales and Morovis.

LUMA Energy spokeswoman Gloria Soltero told local media that by 3:30 local time approximately 550MW had been restored, but approximately half of the affected customers still had no electricity service.

In this sense, he specified that “we have begun an investigation to find out what happened. As soon as we have the correct information, we will share it. We hope it will be today.”

For its part, the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) avoided in its official account on the twitter platform that “we are waiting for LUMA Energy to restore the transmission lines in the north so that the units that went out of service can start operating.”

Meanwhile, the Puerto Rican Aqueduct and Sewer Authority detailed that the blackout also caused interruptions in the water service in different municipalities.

On which they specified that their personnel mobilized immediately to carry out the pertinent repairs and adjustments in order to put the facilities that are not operating as a result of the fault back into operation and reestablish the drinking water service as quickly as possible.