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Weather front leaves tens of thousands without power throughout Puerto Rico

By on March 7, 2017

Prepa's Aguirre Complex in Salinas. (File)

Prepa’s Aguirre Complex in Salinas. (File)

SAN JUAN – Although it continues to update information, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) has already reported that 114,909 customers were without power because of damage caused by frontal boundary’s strong winds and rain as well as an outage at its Aguirre Power Complex.

Earlier Tuesday, the utility reported that some 14,909 customers had lost power because of the cold front over the island.

The affected customers were distributed throughout the seven power regions, representing 0.91% of the public utility’s 1.45 million customers.

However, at around noon, Prepa announced it detected problems in a 230,000-watt exit line at Unit 2 of the Aguirre Power Plant, affecting more than 100,000 customers.

“This event took 100,000 customers off the system. Our staff is already working to restore power service as soon as possible,” Víctor Morales, power generation director, said in a statement.

The event, he said, was different from the one caused by the strong winds that have been lashing the island since Monday. “The strong winds are still going on and, for that reason, Prepa has all of its staff working to restore service,” he said.  

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