Armed Forces News

It will take months to fully restore electric power to Puerto Rico, the Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported Dec. 21 that most of the island would have temporary power by March, with most of the island’s electricity restored around the same time or perhaps sooner. Hurricane Maria’s 140-mpg sustained winds destroyed more than half of the island’s 30,000 miles of distribution lines and 6,000 miles of larger transmission lines. Recovery crews are working to replace power poles – but have 12,000 on hand and need another 50,000 to complete the job, according to the Corps.