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Hurricanes Cause ‘Apocalyptic’ Devastation to Caribbean Power Grids

September 26, 2017

Last Wednesday, Hurricane Maria passed over Puerto Rico, bringing 140-mile-per-hour winds, pelting rain, and extreme flooding. After the storm moved on, Puerto Rico was left with “apocalyptic devastation” and absolutely no power.

The island’s utility — already bankrupt before the storm — says it will be months before electricity is fully restored.

The dire circumstances in Puerto Rico echo similar troubles now enveloping the Caribbean, where hundreds of thousands have been left with no electricity as Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and to some extent, Harvey, pummeled grids this past month, leaving entire islands without electricity.

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