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Thursday, September 29, 2022

After Fiona, one million people in Puerto Rico are without electricity

nuevaNew YorkSeptember 22 – An estimated one million homes and businesses in Puerto Rico were out of power on Thursday morning after Hurricane Fiona passed through the island on Sunday, causing power outages for about 3.3 million residents across the region.

Hurricane Fiona is now moving toward Bermuda and then eastern Canada as a major hurricane with winds of 130 mph (215 kph). The storm has killed at least eight people.

Fiona reached Puerto Rico in 2017 five years after Hurricane Maria left the island without power.

Poweroutages.com, which estimates power outages based on data from utility companies, said 1.033 million customers were without service as of early Thursday, what it called limited information. luma Energy, which operates the Puerto Rico grid.

According to poweroutages.com, there were about 1.168 million customers without power as of early Wednesday, out of a total of 1.468 million.

This pace of restoration is much faster than after Maria, when almost all 1.5 million customers lost power for a week, when the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (aee), now bankrupt, still operates the network.

aee It took about 11 months to restore power to all customers, but Maria was a far more powerful hurricane than Fiona.

Maria reached Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph, while Fiona arrived as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph.

luma Energy said late Wednesday that it had restored service to about 376,000 customers. luma He has said that “full restoration could take several days.”

luma is a joint venture owned by units of the Energy Company of Canada ATCO Ltd. (50%) and American energy contractor Quanta Services Inc. (50%).

aee It still owns most of Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure. luma The contract was awarded to operate the network in 2020 and started running that system in 2021.

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