Puerto Rico is still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that left 3.5 million people without power.
Hurricane Irma, which hit Puerto Rico earlier this month, left one million Puerto Ricans without power. The island was still recovering from the storm’s aftermath when Hurricane Maria hit, crippling the entire island’s electrical infrastructure.
Here’s what you need to know:
Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure was in need of repairs and upgrades before the hurricanes hit. PREPA, the island’s electric company, hasn’t had the funds to modernize the grid. Puerto Rico also lacks the number of workers required to make the repairs.
That means rebuilding the island’s electrical infrastructure will be an even longer process. San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz says it could take up to 6 months to revive the electric grid.
Satellite night images show the extent of the damage. Hurricane Maria knocked out 80% of the island’s transmission lines, leaving most of the island in darkness.
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