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Work, school to resume, Puerto Rico governor announces after Dorian scare

By on August 28, 2019


Price freeze order, dry law canceled

SAN JUAN — Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced Wednesday that classes at the public school system resume and public workers are expected to show up for work Thursday after Hurricane Dorian passed by Puerto Rico without causing major incidents.

As the storm moved away Wednesday evening from Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center discontinued the hurricane warning for Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico.

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“Based on the information we have received tonight, I have made the decision to resume work tomorrow. Similarly, we will resume classes in the public system, except in the schools that served as a shelter,” the governor said at a press conference.

In addition, the price freeze order was canceled and the dry law order lifted.

“I greatly appreciate the extraordinary communication I had with all the mayors whose municipality could have been affected.

“As part of this exercise we had, where the threat was latent, we were able to make and will make the adjustments necessary so that when faced with this situation in the future we can have an even better response than we had now,” the governor said.

As a result of the storm’s close passage, 660 customers lost power service and around 2,000 lost potable water service.Ninety-four people took refuge in 56 shelters.

—CyberNews contributed to this report.

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