Puerto Rico loses all its power again

Excavator causes island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

About 19,000 fans have tickets for the game, the finale of a two-game series in San Juan between the Indians and Twins. The island has experienced a few large-scale outages in recent months, but the Wednesday blackout is the first to affect all 1.4 million of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority customers. "My first thought was here we go again".

Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley and Yonder Alonso hit home runs to back the strong pitching of Corey Kluber on Tuesday night, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan mayor lamented that the failure brought the island back to September 20, 2017, after Hurricane Maria wiped out the island's electric infrastructure, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that the loss of power was "unacceptable".

Although much of the power has been restored, Puerto Rico is still suffering the devastating effects, and the rebuild is in full swing as the island tries to come back from its worst natural disaster on record. The city's main public hospital and global airport were forced to switch to backup generators.

"These people need to cheer", Lindor said.

Cruz tweeted plans for tonight, noting that tower lights will be brought in to the parking lot and security will be increased at the stadium. She said she knew it wasn't just her home once she heard her neighbor's generator kick on and started to smell the machine's diesel fuel.

An Electric Power Authority spokeswoman, Yohari Molina, told the Associated Press that crews were investigating the cause.

"We have backup generators", Major League Baseball said.

In recent months, the island has experienced a series of small, regional blackouts as well as wide-ranging outages, such as one last week that left almost 1 million people without power.

The new blackout occurred as Puerto Rico legislators debate a bill that would privatize the island's power company, which is $14 billion in debt and relies on infrastructure almost three times older than the industry average.

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