Today is 288 days since Maria made landfall and 301 days since Irma made landfall on Puerto Rico. AEE reports that 99.90% of the homes and businesses have power. Unfortunately, that still leaves 1,527 customers without power. Disintegrating Tropical Storm Beryl is swinging by on Monday with rains that could damage the already weak infrastructure.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that the island could experience power outages when the storm’s remnants passed over on Monday, according to the AP. He also urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or one of 24 government shelters that have opened. More than 1,500 power customers remain in the dark more than nine months after Maria, and some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs.
“I’m praying for all the brothers who are still living under a plastic roof,” said Alfonso Lugo in the southeastern Puerto Rico town of Humacao. “They’re the ones who are suffering the most now. They’re the ones who have been forgotten.”