Puerto Rico Endures Country-Wide Blackout
Hurricane Maria’s magnitude still ripples throughout Puerto Rico. After the country made strides to regain power, it has experienced yet another blackout that’ll take nearly 36 hours to reinstate, Buzzfeed reports. The origin stemmed from an excavator’s connection with a power line that caused the major electrical blowout.
This incident was marked as the “second-largest blackout,” CNN reports. The last outage, that occurred a week ago, affected 870,000 residents. Despite this incident, the U.S. territory continues its fight for restored electricity and even gained support and outcry from social media users.
The entire island of Puerto Rico has no power . Trump rushed 4000 troops to the boarder for a non issue / sir Puerto Rico is an issue !
— Gary the Cynic / Fbr (@GaryTheCynic) April 18, 2018
Island-wide power outage in Puerto Rico—again. This is unacceptable. We can and must do more to help Puerto Rico recover and rebuild stronger. My office is in touch with the administration & hoping to get to the bottom of this ASAP.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 18, 2018
Trump’s Mar-A-Lago trips (2017) $6.6 mil
Ryan Zinke’s office doors: $139k
Scott Pruitt’s phone booth: $43k
Ben Carson’s table: $31k
Puerto Rico has zero power.
— Andy Thorburn (@AndyThorburnCA) April 18, 2018
There are over 3 million Americans without power in Puerto Rico today. There is a brown out. I am living it- observing the impact. These same Americans have been without consistent power since September 20, 2017. American citizens in the dark. #Resist #PuertoRico
— Nelba Márquez-Greene 🇵🇷 (@Nelba_MG) April 18, 2018
We can’t be focused on a non-existent crisis on our border when Americans are suffering from a real crisis in Puerto Rico. https://t.co/FRNtEcn598
— Anthony G. Brown (@RepAnthonyBrown) April 18, 2018
Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, with a Category 5 impact that shattered homes, potentially contaminated groundwater, and forced a wave of schools to close its doors. PR’s education secretary, Julia Keleher, said the country’s education personnel will have to go back to the drawing board to draft a new plan of action.
“We know it’s a difficult and painful process,” Keleher said. “For this reason, we’ve done it in the most sensible way taking in consideration all the elements that could impact the daily lives of some families and the school communities in general.”