The entire island of Puerto Rico just lost power again

Excavator causes island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

Excavator causes island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who is from Caguas, Puerto Rico, contributed with a two-run home run.

Berrios' start Wednesday against the Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico will happen as planned despite the general power outage on the island, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.

It's the first time since Category 4 storm hit on September 20 that Puerto Rico has experienced a full island-wide blackout.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted Wednesday morning that the game will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m. ET at Hiram Bithorn Stadium despite the power outage.




Plans were in place well ahead of time, at MLB's request, Cruz said. Roads were clogged all over San Juan because traffic lights were inoperative, and several businesses in busy downtown areas were closed.

Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's power grid in September and the island has been struggling to fix it ever since.

The island's power authority said it could take up to 36 hours to get electricity back - with hospitals, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, the AAA pumping systems and banking center the top priorities.

Puerto Rico's power authority faced widespread criticism late past year for signing a $300 million contract to restore power with Whitefish Energy Holdings, a small Montana-based firm with only two employees at the time. Paid attendance for the Indians' 6-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday was 19,516, and a similar crowd is expected for Wednesday's finale of the two-game visit, the first regular-season major league games here since 2010.

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