A Single Fallen Tree Cuts Power to Nearly 1 Million Puerto Ricans

April 13, 2018

Power was gradually returning to Puerto Rico Thursday night after the US commonwealth was hit with a massive outage -- nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island's infrastructure and its electrical grid.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said a tree fell on a major power line, knocking out service to 870,000 customers, about half its clients. The utility tweeted an image it said was of the tree that fell across a power line near the southeast mountain town of Cayey.

Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority tweeted an image it says was of the tree that fell across a power line near the southeast mountain town of Cayey.

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