The vast majority of Puerto Ricans were without power Thursday after an enormous fire at an electrical plant left most of the island’s 3.5 million people without electricity.
As of Thursday morning, 131,000 customers had power restored in the wake of Wednesday’s blaze. The outage occurred after two transmission lines, with power running up to 230,000 volts, failed, the Electric Power Authority said.
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Power was shut off island-wide as a safety precaution, FEMA said. All of the island’s schools were closed Thursday.
Officials expressed their concern about the system failure.