Power is Finally Restored in Puerto Rico
ELEVEN MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE MARIA, POWER IS RESTORED TO ALL BUT 25 CUSTOMERS IN PUERTO RICO
(CNN) – Eleven months after hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico; officials say power has been restored to most of the island’s residents.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority tweeted Monday, of the nearly 1.4 million customers who lost power after the storm, only 25 remain in the dark.
The state-owned utility has struggled over the last year to recover from last September’s storm.
That’s when Maria struck the island as a category four hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in 85 years.
It resulted in the largest blackout in U.S. history and the second largest in world history.
At the start of hurricane season in June, more than 10,000 Puerto Ricans were still without electricity.
Federal officials say restoration efforts were slowed by the island’s remote location and the poor condition of infrastructure and roads.