Elon Musk Says Tesla Batteries Weren't Affected by Puerto Rico Blackout

Rosalie Gross
April 20, 2018

The near-total blackout occurred seven months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and left most of its residents without power. "It feels like the hurricane side effects will never end".

The outage was the second in a week related to work being done by D.Grimm.

An island-wide blackout has struck Puerto Rico, plunging the USA territory of more than 3 million citizens back into darkness more than seven months after local and federal officials began working to restore a fragile power grid demolished by Hurricane Maria.

The main priorities for restoration are hospitals, airports, water treatment plants, banks, business and then homes, a PREPA spokesperson told ABC News, adding it will take 24 to 36 hours for the last person to get their power back.

Almost 1.5 million PREPA customers lost power Wednesday, when a crew working to restore a collapsed tower hit a transmission line, knocking out electricity for the entire island.

The same subcontractor was also blamed for an outage last week to 870,000 customers triggered by a tree falling on a power line, according to Justo Gonzalez, deputy director of PREPA. Meanwhile, the power company said its own customer service center was out of service and asked people to go online or use the phone.

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"Together with PREPA, we look forward to fully restoring power across the island and bringing a sense of normalcy back to the people of Puerto Rico", Straehla said. In a statement, it said a 140-foot electric transmission tower in southern Puerto Rico collapsed on Tuesday and fell across support wires of an adjacent tower in "an extremely congested" electric transmission corridor.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced on Twitter that he has called for PREPA to drop Cobra as a contractor. Rosselló is pushing a bill to privatize the power system.

Macias said in an interview on Cheddar that the island's power outages affect Puerto Rico's most vulnerable residents the most.

"Well, right now we're still as motivated as ever", Major Carrasco said.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the capital of San Juan, said the outage would not interrupt the last of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, which is being played on the island. He said Tesla already did similar work on smaller islands. "That actually has been going better than the government effort to tell you the truth", she said.

"We are working in areas that are quite crowded with high voltage lines", he said.

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