Seven months since the Category 4 hurricane hit the island, CNN is reporting that an island-wide power outage took place in the U.S. territory. The outage reportedly happened as a result of an excavator operated by a contractor. Authorities estimate it will take 24 to 36 hours for power to be restored to the three million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico, but their focus will be on getting power back to the hospitals, San Juan's airport, and the water pumping systems and banks, first.
Some areas are getting power back, including Santurce and Guaynabo:
Back in January, it seemed the island's restoration would be handled as celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda poured in with support for the island. There was even uplifting footage of an elementary school erupting in cheers when their power got turned on. But since then, thousands of Puerto Ricans have lost power at least three more times. FEMA also pulled funding from displaced families who were staying in Connecticut while reconstruction happens in Puerto Rico.
Less than a week ago, a fallen tree cut service for 870,000 customers. Prior to that, two power plants got shut down in March, leaving more than 970,000 without power.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who hasn't been shy about criticizing the relief efforts, tweeted that it's back to square one for the island when the hurricane hit.
"The entire electrical system in Puerto Rico collapses AGAIN! Back to September 20th," read her tweet with tags to several notables in media.
Tonight, legendary breakdancer Crazy Legs is sharing a documentary in New York City which "examines Puerto Rican relief aid 6 months later." Afterwards, he will lead a town hall will discuss it as well. More information can be found here.