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June 13, 2024 at 3:26 PM

Puerto Rico restores power after massive blackout; lawmakers want state of emergency

A power company in Puerto Rico has restored electricity to most areas affected by a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory this week
June 13, 2024 at 3:26 PM
FILE - A utility pole with loose cables towers over a home in Loiza, Puerto Rico, Sept. 15, 2022. Towns in central and southern Puerto Rico are struggling to emerge from a prolonged power outage that forced authorities in the U.S. territory to activate an emergency response team on Monday, June 10, 2024, as they requested food distribution to those in need. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo, File)
June 3, 2024 at 2:54 PM

Puerto Rico’s two biggest parties hold primaries as governor seeks 2nd term

Puerto Rico congressional representative Jenniffer González has defeated Gov. Pedro Pierluisi in a surprise upset during a primary election held by their pro-statehood party
June 3, 2024 at 2:54 PM
Rep. Jesús Manuel Ortiz votes during the gubernatorial primaries in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, June 2, 2024. Ortiz hopes to be the main candidate for the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the island’s status quo as U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)
2 months ago

Puerto Rico 2024 Democratic primary results: Biden projected to win

Puerto Rico will hold its Democratic presidential primary on Sunday and 55 delegates are up for grabs
2 months ago
The Puerto Rico Capitol building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
9 months ago

Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria

Six years after a storm left most of the island without power, and ruined the land, some Boricuas have taken recovery efforts into their own hands with special projects.
9 months ago
Efren Robles, the co-founder of Frutos del Guacabo, walks through his hydroponic farm.
9 months ago

Boricuas take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos reports on Puerto Ricans still working on recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s 2017 landfall that left a majority of the island without power.
9 months ago
VIDEO: Boricuas take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria
1 year ago

Is manufacturing jeopardizing Puerto Rico’s water supply?

Already a water insecure island, Puerto Rico is sharing what’s left with big business, and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the effects. This is how water supplies have suffered.
1 year ago
Already a water insecure island, Puerto Rico is sharing what’s left with big business, and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the effects. This is how water supplies have suffered.
1 year ago

Tropical Storm Bret to move through Leeward Islands later this week

Tropical Storm Bret, which is churning in the Atlantic, is forecast to strengthen and move into the Caribbean by early Friday.
1 year ago
A satellite image shows tropical storm Bret forming in the Atlantic ocean, June 20, 2023.
1 year ago

2 NYU students killed in Puerto Rico

A suspect has now been detained in the deaths of Franco Medina Angulo, 29, and Sergio Palomino Ruiz, 28.
1 year ago
A suspect has now been detained in the deaths of Franco Medina Angulo, 29, and Sergio Palomino Ruiz, 28.
1 year ago

Arbor Day: Planting new trees in Puerto Rico

ABC News' Ginger Zee takes a look at a project working to replace trees in Puerto Rico to help the community recover from past hurricanes and be more resilient for the next storm.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Arbor Day: Planting new trees in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals

Puerto Rico is home to plants that contribute to nearly 20% of the United States' pharma exports -- a result of decades-old federal tax incentives that brought manufacturing to the island in droves.
1 year ago
VIDEO: How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals
1 year ago

Is manufacturing jeopardizing Puerto Rico’s water supply?

Already a water insecure island, Puerto Rico is sharing what’s left with big business, and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the effects. This is how water supplies have suffered.
1 year ago
Already a water insecure island, Puerto Rico is sharing what’s left with big business, and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the effects. This is how water supplies have suffered.
1 year ago

How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals

Puerto Rico is home to plants that contribute to nearly 20% of the United States' pharma exports -- a result of decades-old federal tax incentives that brought manufacturing to the island in droves.
1 year ago
VIDEO: How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals
1 year ago

The island of Puerto Rico is running out of water. Here's why.

The manufacturing industry in Puerto Rico is putting the island's finite water supply at risk, experts told ABC News.
1 year ago
Luis Hernandez, left, gets help from Sergio Rivera, center, with filling drums with spring water for washing in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, the public water system isn't working full-time, so many collect water from the mountain springs, Oct. 4, 2017.
1 year ago

Why some advocates say the water in Puerto Rico is not safe to drink

Puerto Ricans are worried about the safety of their drinking water.
1 year ago
Warning signs are displayed on the fence surrounding the inactive Barceloneta Landfill site in Puerto Rico. About 300 tons of hazardous wastes are located in sinkholes on the property.
1 year ago

How Puerto Ricans feel about the booming manufacturing industry on the island

Hidden in plain sight in Puerto Rico are signs of a booming industry that has overtaken much of the island for decades.
1 year ago
The entrance for the shuttered TAPI Pharmaceutical plant in Guyama, Puerto Rico.
1 year ago

Man dies after apparently falling off cliff in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search for a man who fell off a 70-foot cliff in Puerto Rico after a dive team recovered his body on Monday, according officials.
1 year ago
Edgar Garay is seen in this undated photo.
1 year ago

$9.1 million in cocaine seized from Puerto Rico ferry, border officials say

U.S. customs officers seized 877 pounds of cocaine concealed on board a Carribean ferry boat
1 year ago
A CBP Midnight Express in pursuit along the northern border region, Air and Marine Operations, Border Security.
2 years ago

Federal agent killed in shootout with suspected smuggling boat off Puerto Rico

Federal marine agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection were shot after they approached a suspected smuggling boat.
2 years ago
An agents wears a U.S. Customs and Border Protection badge during a tour of a facility in El Paso, Texas, June 28, 2021.
2 years ago

Biden ‘committed’ to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona

President Joe Biden has already announced $2 billion in funds to help the island rebuild.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Biden ‘committed’ to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona
2 years ago

Biden announces $60 million in aid to Puerto Rico

President Joe Biden visited Puerto Rico on Monday and surveyed damage from Hurricane Fiona, which killed more than two dozen people on the island last month, officials said.
2 years ago
President Joe Biden visited Puerto Rico on Monday and surveyed damage from Hurricane Fiona, which killed more than two dozen people on the island last month, officials said.
2 years ago

Groups helping Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic during 'catastrophic' hurricane

Hurricane Fiona has caused immense damage to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. These are groups offering help.
2 years ago
People inside a house await rescue from the floods caused by Hurricane Fiona in Cayey, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 18, 2022.
2 years ago

Why Puerto Rico's power grid is struggling 5 years after Hurricane Maria

Days after Hurricane Fiona, electricity had not been restored for most customers in Puerto Rico.
2 years ago
People walk on a street with power lines downed by the passing of Hurricane Fiona in Penuelas, Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2022.
2 years ago

Where is Hurricane Fiona headed next?

Hurricane Fiona strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, after killing at least four people in Puerto Rico and leaving the entire island without power.
2 years ago
A man on a motorcycle rides past fallen power lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Higuey, Dominican Republic, Sept. 19, 2022.
2 years ago

Thousands without power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

After devastating Puerto Rico with high winds and heavy rain, Fiona is now barreling toward Turks and Caicos.
2 years ago
After devastating Puerto Rico with high winds and heavy rain, Fiona is now barreling toward Turks and Caicos.
2 years ago

FEMA applying lessons learned from Maria as Puerto Rico faces another disaster

Anne Bink, associate administrator for FEMA, joins to talk about FEMA’s plan for helping Puerto Rico in the wake of the catastrophic Hurricane Fiona.
2 years ago
VIDEO: FEMA applying lessons learned from Maria as Puerto Rico faces another disaster
2 years ago

How to help Puerto Rico after devastation from Hurricane Fiona

Multiple organizations are already on the ground providing aid and asking for donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona.
2 years ago
Multiple organizations are already on the ground providing aid and asking for donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona.
2 years ago

Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico

The governor of Puerto Rico describes the damage from Hurricane Fiona as "catastrophic" as the island gets hit with torrential rain.
2 years ago
The governor of Puerto Rico describes the damage from Hurricane Fiona as "catastrophic" as the island gets hit with torrential rain.
2 years ago

Bridge swept away as Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico

Footage shows the destruction of a bridge in the mountain town of Utuado that police said was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Bridge swept away as Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico
2 years ago

Tropical Storm Fiona barrels toward Puerto Rico, now under hurricane warning

The locals know the drill and are now bracing for blackouts. Thousands are already without power due to the incoming storm.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Tropical Storm Fiona barrels toward Puerto Rico, now under hurricane warning
2 years ago

Tropical storm Fiona bears down on Puerto Rico

The island is bracing for potential flooding amid concerns the storm could damage its power grid which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Tropical storm Fiona bears down on Puerto Rico
2 years ago
U.S. Coast Guard and partnered agencies respond to a capsized vessel and people in the water about 11 miles from Desecheo Island, a wildlife refuge in the Mona Passage, the treacherous stretch of water between Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola, May 12, 2022.
2 years ago

11 dead after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

The vessel, which was "suspected of taking part in an illegal voyage," overturned shortly before noon local time Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.
2 years ago
The vessel, which was "suspected of taking part in an illegal voyage," overturned shortly before noon local time Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.
2 years ago

Power restored to over 1.3 million customers in Puerto Rico amid massive outage

A fire at a major power plant on Puerto Rico left 1.5 million without electricity.
2 years ago
Puerto Rican flags hang from a balcony in San Juan, Puerto Rico after a major power outage hit the island, April 6, 2022.
2 years ago

Thousands without power after outage in Puerto Rico

A fire at one of the island’s four main power plants on Wednesday caused the disruption.
2 years ago
A fire at one of the island’s four main power plants on Wednesday caused the disruption.
2 years ago

Public employees in Puerto Rico protest over wages, pensions

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi has promised a pay raise for teachers.
2 years ago
Wednesday's protest held in San Juan, Puerto Rico is the second reported in less than a week.
2 years ago

Puerto Rico may be nearing the end of bankruptcy. What does this mean?

A program is in place to restructure a huge chunk of its debt.
2 years ago
In this July 29, 2015, file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol in San Juan.
3 years ago

How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in the US

Puerto Rico is the most vaccinated place in America. Their strategy consisted of mass messaging, vaccination site accessibility and combatting misinformation.
3 years ago
A health worker gives a shot of the Moderna vaccine at a Puerto Rico National Guard vaccination center during a priority COVID-19 vaccination program for the elderly, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Feb. 8, 2021.
3 years ago

Mass protests break out in Puerto Rico over energy crisis

Protests against energy provider LUMA Energy occurred in Puerto Rico as energy costs continue to rise despite poor service and an unstable aging power grid.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Mass protests break out in Puerto Rico over energy crisis
3 years ago

Puerto Rico battles state of darkness

ABC News’ Victor Oquendo reports on the Puerto Rico electricity crisis, as residents protest ongoing blackouts that have occurred since Hurricane Maria hit four years ago.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Puerto Rico battles state of darkness
3 years ago

Why is Puerto Rico’s electric grid unstable?

Puerto Rico’s electric system is worst in the US, experts say. How did it turn so chaotic?
3 years ago
People march along Las Americas Highway to protest the LUMA Energy company in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 15, 2021.
3 years ago

Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico

Rob Marciano has the latest developments on a new tropical storm that formed overnight near Puerto Rico and is expected to move toward the Florida Keys in the coming days.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico
3 years ago

If Congress doesn't act on Medicaid half of Puerto Rico could lose health coverage

Roughly 1.5 million Puerto Ricans rely on Medicaid for health care.
3 years ago
Patients lie in beds at a non profit HIV clinic in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, March 20, 2019.
3 years ago

Is Puerto Rico ready for hurricane season?

Residents have reported an increase in the number of power outages after LUMA, a power company, took over the island's electric grid in June.
3 years ago
Residents have reported an increase in the number of power outages after LUMA, a power company, took over the island's electric grid in June.
3 years ago

Puerto Ricans say they’re terrified amid power failures, hurricane season

Amid power failures and hurricane season, Puerto Ricans are concerned about the stability of the electric grid run by LUMA Energy.
3 years ago
In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, neighbors sit on a couch outside their destroyed homes as the sun sets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
3 years ago

Thousands remain without power after fire causes widespread outages in Puerto Rico

The energy company that powers Puerto Rico's grid said it expects all customers to have their power restored by Friday evening.
3 years ago
A policeman watches over the traffic in the dark after the fire registered in the Monacillos power substation, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 10, 2021.
3 years ago

Puerto Rican family devastated by gender-based killings upset by government response

As gender-based killings continue to grab headlines in Puerto Rico, victims' families are concerned about the government's commitment to handling the ongoing crisis.
3 years ago
Demonstrators march in protest of gender violence against women in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 3, 2021.
3 years ago

Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence

Protests have broken out after the alleged murder of pregnant 27-year-old Keishla Rodriguez
3 years ago
VIDEO: Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence
3 years ago

Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico

Authorities say Keishla Rodríguez died at the hands of her boyfriend, Félix Verdejo.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico
3 years ago

Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico approves $7M to combat gender violence

Organizations in Puerto Rico have been demanding the government take action to end gender violence.
3 years ago
A woman member of a feminist collective holds a sign that reads in Spanish "I Want My Sisters Alive" during a demonstration against sexual violence in front of the governor's mansion in San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 3, 2021.
3 years ago

Gender-based violence at the forefront in Puerto Rico

The arrest of a professional boxer for murder has renewed efforts to combat gender-based violence in Puerto Rico.
3 years ago
The arrest of a professional boxer for murder has renewed efforts to combat gender-based violence in Puerto Rico.