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Still Lights Out in Puerto Rico

One month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s rickety electric grid, just 18 percent of residents have had power restored, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The local utility, Prepa, said all 1.6 million of its customers lost power in the storm.

Two weeks before Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma cut off power to 900,000 customers but virtually all of them had electric service restored before the more devastating Maria hit.

“Almost two-thirds of Puerto Rico’s electricity generation capacity is located in the southern portion of the island, and most of the population is concentrated in the north. Some of the electricity generated in the south of the island must be transmitted on long-distance transmission lines to the north, but many of those transmission lines were damaged by Hurricane Maria,” the EIA said.

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