Hurricane Maria Update

CNN

Puerto Rico’s energy grid took such a severe blow from deadly Hurricane Maria that restoring power to everyone may take months, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Wednesday night.

The entire system is down, the governor said. No one on the island has power from utilities.

“It depends on the damage to the infrastructure,” he said. “I’m afraid it’s probably going to be severe. If it is … we’re looking at months as opposed to weeks or days.”

The impact of the storm on the island territory won’t be realized until officials can do a flyover and see what remains.

Rosselló said officials think some power stations are not badly damaged, but the distribution system is ruined. If transmission lines are in better shape than thought, power outages might be fixed sooner, the governor said.

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7 Responses to Hurricane Maria Update

  1. Lucille says:

    Hurricane Maria aftermath: Puerto Rico faces months without power

    Repayment of last year’s bailout is, for all intents and purposes, off the table now that the entire island is pretty much destroyed. Uncle Sam can kiss that money goodbye.

    We know that Puerto Rico has been run by socialists for many years thus insuring its people continued poverty. Short of declaring PR an independent state, which would immediately produce another Nicaragua and then a Cuban duplicate, what can be done?

    The islanders are American citizens. Expect a huge influx to the mainland bringing their leftism with them. With a growing economy in the U.S., perhaps these new residents will make good and throw illegals out of the jobs they took from Americans…that’s just about the only good which can come from this new disaster.

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    • stella says:

      I don’t believe they have full US citizenship. They can’t vote in Presidential elections.

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      • Lucille says:

        I believe once they move here, if they want to stay, they have full rights of citizenship. When their residence is on the island, they can’t vote.

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      • Sharon says:

        Yeah, this is interesting and I’ve been wondering about that with the related support/assistance issues, etc. that come into focus with the hurricane damage.

        I put the question in a search and wow – there are a hundred sites to suit any political taste. Here’s just one:

        https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-11-01/millions-americans-cant-vote-president-because-where-they-live

        Sort of gets at the thing (including other territories).

        The fact that the infrastructure of Puerto Rico is such a dainty and delicate mess sure doesn’t speak well of them as Americans – of course, some of our urban areas are not much better. It’s a culturally confusing thing, I think.

        They always make a big big deal of their “casting their vote” or “giving support” or something at the political parties’ conventions so it’s confusing…..I think it’s a lump or three under the nation’s rug.

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  2. Lucille says:

    US Army Reserve general on Puerto Rico hurricane damage
    Fox News

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