Puerto Rico is a small island in the Carribean. It is a US Territory and three and a half (3.5) million people live there. Currently, none of these people have electricity. Hurricane Maria passed directly over the island on Wednesday September 20, 2017.
Maria was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit Puerto Rico. The strong winds have destroyed electric stations and knocked down poles and electric lines. The government predicts that it will be several months before Puerto Ricans have electricity again. It will take a great deal of work and a lot of time to fix the damage.
Puerto Rico is one of the poorest territories of America. Its government has a large amount of debt and could not afford to update its old power grid. The electric company is bankrupt and now will need a lot of help to get the electricity back.
You might wonder, how are hospitals, airports and other important units running without electricity? Luckily some people and businesses in Puerto Rico have emergency generators. These generators have helped provide power to some important areas. But one cannot get electricity this way forever.
Before Hurricane Maria dumped tons of rain across the island, much of the land was already damaged and flooded from Hurricane Irma.
U.S. President Trump declared Puerto Rico a federal disaster zone. That will allow the United States to provide money and aid to the island. Locals hope the power will be flowing again soon.
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