Teachers and students at a school in Puerto Rico jump for joy after the school gets electricity back for the first time in the 112 days since Hurricane Maria struck. https://t.co/mwEZ8RHT7E pic.twitter.com/TQJMcJYMYT— ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2018
Dare I say this is…electric. It’s unfathomable to imagine that people have gone 112 days, AKA almost 4 months without electricity in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Here we are moseying around in the states while a country of our own is living in the 1700’s trying to piece their lives back together in the dark.
However the people of PR were feeling, which I’m sure is nothing but resentment and bitterness, was lifted off their shoulders as the power returned today. Still 40 percent of the island is left in the dark, so about 1.4 million people. Puerto Rico has experienced the largest and longest power outage in U.S. history.
Slowly but surely the island is recovering, heroic U.S. electric workers (whodathunk) from Tampa Electric are heading down to the island to help with restoring power to the rest of the island. Why? Because they say it’s “in our blood.”
HEADED TO HELP: 25 @TECOEnergy linesmen are on their way to Puerto Rico this morning to help restore power. More than 40% of island still w/o electricity. But their flight is delayed. @10NewsWTSP pic.twitter.com/XZjMOHNehm— Josh Sidorowicz (@joshsidorowicz) January 17, 2018
Earlier this month, @insideFPL sent crews. @DukeEnergy also sent more than 100 linesmen to help in Puerto Rico.— Josh Sidorowicz (@joshsidorowicz) January 17, 2018
Analysis by @rhodium_group found this is the longest power outage in American history. https://t.co/a8NBjzhOOO @10NewsWTSP
This is going to be something that is engrained in the brains of every person at that school. They will remember this moment of celebration forever. I don’t even have something so joyous to compare to in my life because life in Upstate NY isn’t that hard, plus, no hurricanes.
If anything, this is a reason to look around you and appreciate the things you do have, like a working electronic device on which you’re reading this article. Life is better than you think it is.
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