An island-wide power outage struck Puerto Rico on Wednesday, as the territory’s electric grid struggles to recover after the devastation from Hurricane Maria last September.
A spokesman for Puerto Rican Power Authority told CBS News’s David Begnaud that he did not know the cause of the outage. Officials estimated that power will be restored within 24 to 36 hours.
About 40,000 residents were still without power when the blackout hit the hurricane-ravaged American territory.
Today’s blackout comes just one week after a tree fell on a major power line, knocking out service to 870,000 customers, about half of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s clients, the company said.
Today’s outage marks the first time since Category 4 storm hit on Sept. 20 that Puerto Rico has experienced a full island-wide blackout, PIX11 reports.