Puerto Rico slowly emerges from blackout
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Cheers erupted as lights slowly began to flicker on across Puerto Rico overnight as the U.S. territory struggled to emerge from an island-wide blackout following a power plant fire Wednesday that caused the aging utility grid to fail.
More than 390,000 of 1.5 million homes and businesses served by the power utility had electricity restored by late Thursday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla expected more than half of customers to have power by this morning.
It was not yet clear how much damage the fire caused. The utility is struggling with a $9 billion debt it hopes to restructure as it faces corruption allegations. Officials have said they are seeking revenue to update outdated equipment.