— BookShelf Staff (@DiaBookshelf) April 17, 2018
(Interview with the editor at the link.)
I will be returning to #PuertoRico in 12 days. All proceeds from my new book, #Mars 3D, will be used to purchase food and water for hurricane victims in #PuertoRico. Please support our effort and purchase an autographed copy of my book on Amazon: https://t.co/Ydehxj6kLm pic.twitter.com/OoDMK4EjQj
— Antonio Paris (@AntonioParis) April 21, 2018
Puerto Rico Restores Electricity After This Week's Power Outage https://t.co/tun3DiRn5J
— NPR (@NPR) April 20, 2018
Electricity has been restored in Puerto Rico following an outage on Wednesday that left the island in darkness. It was the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. territory in September.
A transmission line was accidentally damaged by an excavator, reported The Associated Press…
By Thursday afternoon, the energy provider tweeted that service had been restored to 97 percent of its customers — the same level as before Wednesday’s blackout. Some 40,000 people still lack regular electricity seven months after Hurricane Maria, according to the AP.
All of Puerto Rico could have its energy restored by late May, according to an AP report citing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps announced in early April that it would provide additional resources to expand power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico, increasing an existing contract by $140.5 million, to $510.6 million…
Hurrican season, incidentally, starts June 1st!
"We know how to live without power," one resident said. "Before, we panicked." A freak accident on Wednesday plunged Puerto Rico back into darkness: https://t.co/iUHZfXFn2U
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 20, 2018
… Living under the specter of a delicate power grid has forced many to adapt. Residents have sunk thousands of dollars into buying and fueling generators. But the situation has also forced subtler changes to everyday routines.
Ms. Ortiz, who makes a living caring for the elderly and children, no longer stocks her refrigerator or pantry with much food beyond the emergency hurricane supply. She buys only a few days’ worth of, for example, meat at time…
Many Puerto Ricans have left the island completely, including one of Ms. Ortiz’s clients, an older woman whose family moved her to the mainland. That meant Ortiz’s work schedule dropped to two days a week from six…
A few blocks away, Jorge Piris, 70, the owner of Nueva Vida Car Care, was busy catching up on work because of a backlog created, in part, by Wednesday’s blackout. Nine cars in his shop needed work, and he was late for an appointment with an accountant…
The power went out at Piris’s shop around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday while he was under the hood of a car. He quickly unplugged expensive equipment in his shop, such as a computer and air compressor, to prevent any damage. By the time the power was restored, his three employees were getting off work. A day was lost.
Then he pointed to the cars jammed into the two-garage shop, which needs $14,000 worth of repairs — part of the roof and a back wall are missing.
“Look at all that we’ve got to do,” Mr. Piris said.
The generator he used during the four months he was without power after Hurricane Maria was simply too expensive to use. Asked how much business he lost in that span, Piris estimated over 50 percent. “Easily,” he said…
— MacGyver (@MacGyverCBS) April 21, 2018