Officials detail Hurricane Fiona damage to Puerto Rico grid
- Sep 30, 2022 1:57 pm GMT
The announcement came as a major power plant in
The situation has angered and exasperated many who already were affected by power outages blamed on Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that razed the island's power grid in
“We are living in a state of eternal fragility,” said Puerto Rico Rep.
“I’m demanding more,” Pierluisi said.
Officials have not said when the entire island might be energized.
The lack of power has led to dwindling diesel supplies and prompted
The outage has forced businesses including grocery stores and gas stations to temporarily close and prevented hundreds of schools from opening. In addition, 16 government medical clinics and seven dialysis centers are still operating on generators.
In a policy brief released Thursday, the
“Basically, nothing had been done to strengthen the electric grid and other critical infrastructures or increase their resiliency,” the center said. “The damage caused by Hurricane Fiona will certainly add another layer of complexity on top of what was already a difficult and complicated effort.”
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