The Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported this afternoon that 211,590 subscribers are without electricity service in various municipalities on the Island.
"It is mainly concentrated in the Caguas region with 82,797, Arecibo with 4,321, Bayamón with 24,270, Carolina with 24,935, Mayaguez with 2,326, Ponce with 32,920 and San Juan with 40,021 ", said Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, president of the Union of Workers of the Electricity and Irrigation Industry (Utier).
Units Costa Sur 5, Aguirre 2 and AES 1 are out of operation due to the effects of storm Laura, the public corporation reported.
Also, in Ponce, the problem was that a feeder in the “Hospital District” went out of service. PREPA announced on Twitter that it had already assigned personnel for the repair.
According to Jaramillo, the blackouts are due to the gusts caused by tropical storm Laura. "The storm is getting stronger as it passes through Puerto Rico and has had an effect on the power lines."
Laura is moving west at about 18 miles per hour and with winds of 50 miles per hour.