Puerto Rico says power fully restored for first time since 2017 hurricane

Utility crews in the southern Puerto Rico city of Ponce on Tuesday reconnected the last neighborhood left without electricity after last year’s Hurricane Maria, marking the first time power had been restored to the entire island in 11 months, the U.S. Caribbean territory’s electric utility announced.

“No more lamps, no more candles, no more extension cords,” Ponce resident Charlie Colon Nazario told El Nuevo Dia as about two dozen power workers connected his home.

The mayor of San Juan said the island still needs help, and is not ready for another storm to hit this hurricane season.

The blackout across the island was the longest continuous outage in the nation’s history, and some individual homes, plus the island of Vieques, still rely on generators.

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