SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (CBSMiami/CNN) — Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, has been hit with a massive power outage as they struggle to recuperate from Hurricane Maria.READ MORE: Florida School District Defies Gov. Ron DeSantis' Ban On Masks
The problem is with a failure on a main north-south transmission line, said Fernando Padilla, an official with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA.
“It was a mechanical issue on the line, could have happened at any line,” he said. “It’s being patrolled and repaired by PREPA.”
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Homes and businesses that had been on grid power had to restart generators if they had them.
Power generation plummeted from over 40% of capacity to 18% on Thursday, PREPA said.
Much of Puerto Rico has been without power since Hurricane Maria smashed the island on September 20th.MORE NEWS: President Biden Criticizes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
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