Crews were investigating the blackout and it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power, he added. It is the second major outage in less than a week, with the previous one affecting some 840,000 customers.
"This has not taken us by surprise", he said.
It's the first time since Category 4 storm Maria hit the island on September 20 that Puerto Rico has experienced a full islandwide blackout. An MLB spokesman, meanwhile, told the Pioneer Press that the stadium has a backup power source. Last week, a fallen tree knocked out power to 870,000 customers across much of the island.
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Hospitals, San Juan's airport, pumping systems and banking centers are the PREPA's top priority, while industries, shops and residences follows, the statement said. Following that would be businesses and then homes.
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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.
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The territory experienced an island-wide blackout on Wednesday, and about 40,000 residents still lacked power at the time of the outage.
Rivera said he worries that such serious power outages are still occurring as the new Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1, approaches. The island only has one electric company, and it was $9 billion in debt and utilizes old, outdated infrastructure and equipment.