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Thousands of households have been left without electricity after a huge fire broke out at a power plant in Puerto Rico.

Footages on social media show plumes of smoke rising from the flames at a sub-station in the capital, San Juan.

The fire broke out shortly after the company reported a cyber-attack, which has not yet been linked to fire.

The Caribbean island has struggled with rolling blackouts ever since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed its electrical grid in 2017.

Some Puerto Ricans were left without electricity for nearly a year after the storm.

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A private company – Luma Energy – took over operation and maintenance of Puerto Rico’s power system this month.

On June 10, Luma Energy said that the fire broke out at the Monacillo power distribution plant soon after the company website was hit with two million visits per second, in a cyber-attack known as a denial of service.

Outages have already affected more than one million households in Puerto Rico so far this month.


A total blackout has hit Puerto Rico nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure and power grid.

Puerto Rico’s power authority, known as Prepa, said it was working to restore service to almost 3.4 million people within 24 to 36 hours.

According to Prepa, an excavator operated by a contractor in the southern region of the island caused the blackout.

It is the latest and largest disruption to hit Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.

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Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Without Power

A Prepa spokesperson said the authority was prioritizing returning power to hospitals, San Juan’s airport, water pumping systems and financial systems.

Prepa, which has been in bankruptcy since last July, has struggled to stay out of the headlines since Puerto Rico was hit in September by the worst storm in 90 years.

Residents have suffered multiple blackouts since Category 4 Maria, and 40,000 people were still without power at the time of April 18 blackout.

Puerto Rico’s first total outage comes less than a week after a fallen tree knocked out service to 870,000 customers.

According to research consultancy the Rhodium Group, Hurricane Maria caused the largest blackout in US history.

Hurricane Maria has left without power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million people, emergency officials have said.

Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said Hurricane Maria had damaged “everything in its path”.

He said that none of the customers of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority had any electricity.

Maria weakened to a category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph as it moved across the island.

“The information we received is not encouraging,” Abner Gómez told a briefing, urging people to stay in their homes.

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Earlier, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello asked President Donald Trump to declare the island a disaster area after the storm unleashed heavy flooding and life-threatening winds.

The governor said major damage was inevitable, although 500 shelters had been established to protect people.

Hurricane Maria has already left seven people dead on the island of Dominica, which was badly affected on September 18.

Aerial footage shows flattened houses and the death toll on Dominica is likely to rise, with details remaining scant as communication links are down.

Images shared on social media show roofs being stripped away as winds as strong as 140 mph whipped trees and power lines in Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan.

Puerto Rico is facing $73 billionn in public debt and the damage left by Maria could exacerbate its financial crisis. Declaring a disaster would mean the island could receive more federal assistance in its recovery.

According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Maria made landfall in Yabucoa in the east of Puerto Rico on September 20 as a category 4 storm. It was the first category 4 hurricane to directly hit Puerto Rico since 1932.

Hours earlier, Maria barreled through the US Virgin Islands’ St Croix as a category 5 storm, sustaining winds of up to 175mph.

There was flooding in the French territory of Guadeloupe, where one person was killed by a falling tree and another died on the seafront. At least two others were missing after their ship sank near Desirade, the easternmost island in the archipelago.

Hurricane Maria is the second devastating storm to hit the Caribbean this season – the first being category 5 Irma earlier in September. Maria began moving roughly along the same track as Irma.

Officials in Puerto Rico feared the debris left by Irma could prove extremely dangerous in the high winds.