SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A blackout hit northern Puerto Rico late Sunday after an explosion set off an enormous fireplace at a foremost energy substation within the U.S. territory.
Officials with the island’s Electric Power Authority mentioned a number of municipalities have been with out energy, together with elements of the capital of San Juan.
It was not instantly identified what brought about the hearth, though officers mentioned the explosion knocked two different substations offline and brought about a complete lack of 400 megawatts price of era.
“We try to revive that as rapidly as potential,” the corporate mentioned.
Heavy black smoke billowed from the substation as neighbors within the space described on social media seeing the sky flip orange following a loud explosion. San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz tweeted that no accidents had been reported and that firefighters have been on the scene.
The blackout comes as greater than 400,000 energy clients stay at midnight greater than 5 months after Hurricane Maria. The Category four storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s energy distribution system and brought about as much as an estimated $94 billion in harm.
Puerto Rico’s governor not too long ago introduced that he plans to denationalise the state-owned energy firm, which is $9 billion in debt and counting on infrastructure almost 3 times older than the business common. It could be the biggest restructuring of a public entity in U.S. historical past.