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    Puerto Rico: After the passage of Fiona thousands of people still without electricity


    September 26, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      San Juan, Puerto Rico. - The restoration of electricity service in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona is progressing slowly and will not reach between 77% and 90% of users until next Friday

      , according to estimates of the company in charge of transmission, LUMA Energy.

      According to a statement from the consortium, service could be restored to more than 64-77% of customers this Wednesday and 77-91% by next Friday.

      These estimated figures depend largely on the availability of generation, the need for sufficient power reserves to stabilize and protect the entire power grid, and damage assessments, among other factors, LUMA said.

      On Monday, one week after the passage of Hurricane Fiona , 869,279 users, out of a total of 1.4 million, have electricity, approximately 59%

      .

      The situation is very different in the north, south and west of the island. While 87% of subscribers in the capital San Juan have their service restored, only 28% in the western municipality of Mayagüez and 16% in the southern municipality of Ponce.

      The company also offered a preliminary damage assessment, which it put at around 300 million dollars, indicating that 50% of the transmission lines and distribution feeders were damaged

      by the hurricane.

      Fiona affected many parts of the power grid and generation facilities, especially in the west, south and center of the island, according to LUMA.

      The mayors of Adjuntas (central) and Salinas (south), José Hiram Soto Rivera and Karilyn Bonilla Colón, respectively, denounced Monday that their municipalities remain 100 percent in the dark.

      The hurricane, which made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico on September 18, caused catastrophic damage on the island, prompting the federal government to declare a state of Major Disaster.

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      According to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, as of last Saturday there were a total of 16 deaths related to the effects of the hurricane, both directly and indirectly.

      Hurricane Fiona leaves severe damage in Puerto Rico

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