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Greater than 100,000 clients in Puerto Rico are nonetheless ready for energy to be restored two weeks after Hurricane Fiona dumped historic quantities of rain and knocked out energy throughout the island.
Fiona made landfall in southwest Puerto Rico on Sept. 18 as a Class 1 storm. Many of the remaining outages are on the western and southern sides of the island, in accordance with LUMA Vitality, the corporate that operates the island’s energy infrastructure.
Actualización sobre restauración de servicio tras huracán Fiona:
— LUMA Puerto Rico (@lumaenergypr) October 2, 2022
The storm dropped greater than 30 inches of rain in some areas, inflicting flooding and mudslides that broken roads and bridges into Puerto Rico’s mountains. Many residents have been left stranded in small cities with out entry to utilities, meals or medical care.
At the very least 13 individuals have died in reference to the storm, in accordance with Puerto Rico’s Division of Well being. One other 12 deaths are underneath investigation.
The storm minimize energy to the entire island’s almost 1.5 million electrical clients. Lots of of hundreds additionally misplaced entry to water service.
Two weeks later, 91% of shoppers have had energy restored, LUMA reported Sunday. Energy is again for the overwhelming majority of properties within the municipalities in northern and northeastern Puerto Rico, together with the populous space round San Juan.
However almost a 3rd of shoppers within the western area of the island have been nonetheless with out energy, together with about 17% of shoppers in municipalities alongside the southern coast. The corporate had beforehand estimated that energy will probably be restored to 90% of shoppers in these areas by Thursday.
LUMA has restored service to all of Puerto Rico’s hospitals and, as of Saturday, to 94% of the island’s water operations amenities, the corporate reported.
Even earlier than Fiona, there was widespread discontent on Puerto Rico with LUMA, the non-public firm that was awarded a $1.5 billion contract final yr to take over Puerto Rico’s energy grid. That deal got here after Hurricane Maria was the ultimate, disastrous straw to many years of neglect and corruption when the system was publicly run.
In a letter despatched final week to LUMA, some members of Congress expressed their issues about why the corporate “had not adequately ready the island’s vitality infrastructure” to resist a hurricane like Fiona.
Extra reporting by NPR’s Adrian Florido in Puerto Rico.