Puerto Rico News

Tropical Storm Fred Strengthens Again in Gulf Near Florida

Twin tropical storms promise heavy rains across Florida and more misery for Haiti, reeling after hundreds were killed following a massive earthquake Saturday. In the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Fred, which had been battered by its path across the …

Power Outage Hits 337K in Puerto Rico Amid Growing Outrage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A sudden power failure left more than 337,000 customers in the dark across Puerto Rico late Wednesday, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago. …

Puerto Rico Probes Fire That Left 900K Clients Without Power

AN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are investigating what sparked a fire at a key substation that plunged 900,000 customers into darkness across Puerto Rico, with thousands still without power. Wayne Stensby, CEO of Luma Energy, …

Private Company Takes Over Puerto Rico Power Company Service

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company on Tuesday took over the transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico’s power authority, which has struggled with blackouts and bankruptcy, corruption and mismanagement. The takeover by Luma Energy under a …

Florida Declares Emergency On Coast as Hurricane Isaias Barrels Toward State

MIAMI — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for counties on the Atlantic coast with Hurricane Isaias expected to hit the state as early as this evening before moving up north into early next week. …

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria

A new study says that hurricanes Irma and Maria combined in 2017 to knock down a quarter of the biomass contained in Puerto Rico’s trees — and that massive rainfall, more than wind, was a previously unsuspected key factor. The …

US Official Says Pace of Federal Recovery Funds for Puerto Rico Speeding Up

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The newly appointed U.S. official charged with overseeing disaster recovery in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that while the pace of federally funded projects to help hurricane and earthquake victims has quickened, he’s worried about long …

Puerto Rico Opens Only 20% of Schools Amid Ongoing Quakes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students. Only 177 …

Displaced Families Await Post-Quake Housing in Puerto Rico

PONCE, Puerto Rico — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: …

Experts: Earthquake Showed Puerto Rico Unprepared for Catastrophe

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than two years ago, Hurricane Maria revealed that Puerto Rico was utterly unprepared for a powerful hurricane despite its location in one of the world’s most storm-vulnerable regions. Now, a flurry of earthquakes topped …