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Timeline To 100% Power 11 Months After Puerto Rico Hurricane

Next month will be the 1 year anniversary of the Puerto Rico Hurricane pair that slammed the island. Many of its residents are still without power along with a rising death toll. For the past 11 months, the island has been dealing with emergency management issues.

This article serves as a timeline of events told through news coverage posted on Youtube.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria

First, let’s take a look at the raw power the two back-to-back Cat 5 hurricanes unleashed on this U.S. Territory:

Hurricane Irma skimmed the island at the beginning of Sept 2017. Even though it just passed by, the destruction was massive leaving more than 1 million residents without power.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall. The Island was already suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Maria was the first major hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1998, and the first Cat 5 since 1928.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Aftermath

As seen in the videos above, the Puerto Rico hurricane duo were extremely powerful. Here’s a clip from the BBC News showing the devastation Irma brought to Puerto Rico. The 4:27 mark is a must watch part of the video!

This next video is 6 months after Maria hit. At that time CBS Evening News claimed that 95% of homes had power restored. The Army Corp of Engineers was tasked to help with the puertorrican power restoration. They took credit for the turnaround. Regardless, around 100,000 US citizens still went to sleep in the pitch black according to the report.  

The Army Corp of Engineers leaves before 2018 hurricane season begins

Just a few months later, the federal agency tasked with restoring Puerto Rico electricity were pulled from the island. They claimed, “its task is largely complete now that most people have power.”

According to the Federal Stafford Act, their job was not to create a new power grid…

Federal Stafford Act

Sec. 316. Protection of Environment (42 U.S.C. 5159) An action which is taken or assistance which is provided pursuant to section 5170a, 5170b, 5172, 5173, or 5192 of this title [Section 402, 403, 406, 407, or 502], including such assistance provided pursuant to the procedures provided for in section 5189 of this title [Section 422], which has the effect of restoring a facility substantially to its condition prior to the disaster or emergency, shall not be deemed a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (83 Stat. 852) [42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq.]. Nothing in this section shall alter or affect the applicability of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 [42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq.] to other Federal actions taken under this Act or under any other provisions of law.

But Fema did leave the PR government with some generators.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Issues

According to Reuters, leadership problems, along with bankruptcy is compounding the problems PR faces in getting the lights turned on for people without power.  

Insult to Injury

Back in September of 2017 3000 containers full of emergency items were shipped to the Island.

And now new reports are coming out that those containers are rat infested and rotting…

Here’s @DavidBegnaud trying to find out what is going on with these containers

Death Toll Rises

A NYTimes report released on August 9th states the storm-related deaths “is more than 20 times the official death toll” from the aftermath of the Puerto Rico hurricane pair.

How Long Has the Grid Been Down in Puerto Rico?

At the time of this writing – August 15th, Puerto Rico electricity has been down for 329 days. The link provided by the NY Daily News will keep the clock running until 100% of is restored.

Trying To Help?

Some big companies and celebrities are trying to get involved in an effort to help the people of Puerto Rico. Here’s Akon talking to TMZ about his plans rejection to get power back to Puerto Rico.

Elon Musk and his company, Tesla are trying to do their part too…

And this video explores if solar panels can solve this grid down crisis…

100% Power?

This ABC news article published last night states that 100% of the power is back to the Island.


At Least One Positive Video in this Tragedy?

Here is a feel-good video showing a family who chose to live off the land before last September and how they have survived the storm.

The last video is inspiring and shows the importance of becoming self-reliant! We are witnessing a complete breakdown of a society from mother nature.

I’ll leave you with a screenshot of wise words from Brian Garrow regarding America and our energy grid.

Stay Safe,