Puerto Rico hit by massive new power outage

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 SAN JUAN — A massive outage has wiped out power to Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan.

The problem is with a failure on a main transmission line, said Fernando Padilla, an official with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA.

Power generation plummeted from over 40% of capacity to 18% on Wednesday, PREPA said.

Much of Puerto Rico has been without power since Hurricane Maria smashed the island on September 20.

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