Sept 22 Puerto Rico's governor on Thursday said
the island's power utility hoped to restore electricity to about
half its 1.5 million customers by the afternoon, after a fire at
an energy plant knocked out electricity for the bulk of the
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said power had already
been restored to about 130,000 people.
The power authority, PREPA, said in a statement on Wednesday
that two power lines, each 230,000 volts, failed for reasons
still being determined.
Garcia Padilla said there would be no classes in public
schools or on University of Puerto Rico campuses on Thursday.
PREPA plants are largely outdated, and the agency has debt
of more than $8 billion. Garcia Padilla said the switch where
the fire occurred was correctly maintained.
Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million American citizens, is
trudging through an economic crisis, burdened by $70 billion of
debt and rampant migration as residents flock to the U.S.
(Reporting by Nick Brown; Editing by Dan Grebler)