Island-wide Blackout Hits Puerto Rico, Leaving Officials Scrambling

Grant Boone
April 19, 2018

It could take up to 36 hours to restore electricity to affected customers, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said on Twitter.

Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-1, on Tuesday night in San Juan. The hurricane disrupted Puerto Rico's production of intravenous (IV) saline solutions, sending facilities scrambling to avert a shortage, which was then exacerbated by a harsh flu season. Maria ravaged Dominica and Puerto Rico for the second half of September past year, and pockets of the island still don't have power. After the news of the power outage, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted that the blackout will not affect the game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Wednesday night.

An island-wide blackout has hit Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid almost seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory.

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"We don't know what the cause was, yet", Cruz said.

The city's main public hospital and global airport were forced to switch to backup generators.

She added that tower lights will be placed in the parking lot, while four patrol cars and 21 motorcycles will be brought in for security purposes. Will be updated.The baseball game between Minnesota and Cleveland in San Juan is still on despite an island-wide blackout that hit Puerto Rico.

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