Almost exactly five years after Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico in the dark, the U.S. territory is once again facing a power crisis. On Sunday, LUMA Energy, the company that runs the island’s power grid, announced that all of Puerto Rico suffered a power outage due to Hurricane Fiona, he reported .
As the storm neared the southwest coast of the island, the National Hurricane Center as Fiona began producing winds with recorded speeds of 85 miles per hour. Without even making landfall, the storm left a third of LUMA’s customers without power. On Twitter, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi said the government was working to restore power, but after the events of five years ago, there was concern there might not be an easy fix.
In 2017, Hurricane Maria created the Category 5 storm that battered Puerto Rico and left 3.4 million people without power. The island had only recently begun to rebuild its weakened infrastructure, and some areas were experiencing daily power outages. Officials have tried to stress that Hurricane Fiona will not bring a repeat of 2017. “This is not Maria, this hurricane will not be Maria,” said Abner Gomez, director of public safety and crisis management at LUMA Energy CNN before the power outage on Sunday.
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