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US territory plunged into darkness — Analysis

As Hurricane Fiona approached, Puerto Rico was hit by an island-wide blackout which will take “several days” to fix

Puerto Rico’s entire island lost its power Sunday as it prepared for Hurricane Fiona. Over 500,000 were directly affected by power outages in the US territory unincorporated on Saturday. 

PowerOutage.US announced that all customers tracked by it had been cut off at noon on Sunday.

Governor Pedro Pierluisi said the total blackout was caused by damage done by Hurricane Fiona and LUMA Energy, which operates the island’s electricity grid, said it “could take several days”To restore service.

Later that day, the hurricane hit Puerto Rico. It caused flash flooding and other destruction.

“These rains will produce life-threatening and catastrophic flash and urban flooding across Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in areas of higher terrain,”The US National Hurricane Center issued a warning.

Hurricane Fiona, a Category 1 hurricane, was approaching Puerto Rico. However, it is expected to become a Category 3 storm as it travels northward from Dominican Republic, to the Turks & Caicos islands, and the Bahamas. It may reach the Bahamas late Monday or Thursday.

Puerto Rico experienced the disaster two days before Hurricane Maria’s anniversary, when it was devastated by hurricane Gustav.

The island’s power grid experienced another massive outage in April, when some one million consumers went without electricity after a fire at the Costa Sur generation plant, one of its four major generation facilities.

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