Excavator Responsible for 2nd Whole-Island Blackout in Puerto Rico

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While the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority has to deal with repairs and restoring power to citizens, and citizens take matters into their own hands, Tesla Energy has also been helping out. The organization says it can take up to 36 hours to restore the power.

Officials said the blackout was caused when an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, the Associated Press reported.

PREPA's interim director, Justo Gonzalez, told the local Telemundo news station that his workers are investigating whether the outage was caused by an internal failure or an external force.

The power outage is affecting the entire island, according to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

Puerto Rico's legislators are now debating whether to privatize the island's power authority, which is $14 in debt.

The outage was the second in a week related to work being done by D.Grimm.

M - After seven months and close to $2.5 billion, nearly everybody in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico had their lights back on - until a freak accident on Wednesday plunged the entire island once again into darkness, NYTimesreported. "The grid is so fragile and they're just barely able to get the lights back on".

Authorities said the same contractor was involved in the two latest big power failures and had been fired.

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After Puerto Rico was ravaged by hurricanes past year, most of the island's population lost power for an extended period of time as the grid was badly damaged.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello suggested Wednesday that PREPA cancel its contract with Cobra.

Antonio Morales, a 93-year-old World War II veteran, rests in a single-story concrete home with no running water, in Corozal, Puerto Rico, March 13, 2018.

"Hurricane Maria produced the largest blackout in USA history, according to a study released last week by Rhodium Group LLC, an economic consultancy", the Wall Street Journal reported.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island.

Federal officials who testified before Congress last week said they expect to have a plan by June on how to strengthen and stabilize the island's power grid, noting that up to 75 percent of distribution lines were damaged by high winds and flooding.

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

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