I solely noticed one tweet replying to a information report noting this:
Utilizing “700,000” doesn’t have the identical visceral affect as “greater than two million,” which might be why LUMA Vitality, and the Puerto Rican authorities who gave them the contract, would like that framing. Nonetheless, that doesn’t excuse reporters for reinforcing this notion.
As with previous blackouts on the island, reporters have trusted customers of social media to report what’s going on of their neighborhoods and houses.
Primera Hora reported this:
Entre los municipios con sectores sin luz -reportados por los usuarios de las redes sociales- se encuentran: San Juan, Trujillo Alto, Dorado, Vega Alta, Carolina, Bayamón, Fajardo, Toa Alta, Loíza, Caguas, Culebra, Guaynabo, Naranjito y Canóvanas, entre otros.
Translation: Among the many municipalities with sectors with out electrical energy -reported by customers of social networks- are: San Juan, Trujillo Alto, Dorado, Vega Alta, Carolina, Bayamón, Fajardo, Toa Alta, Loíza, Caguas, Culebra, Guaynabo, Naranjito and Canóvanas, amongst others.
The LUMA outage map, as of this 5:30 Thursday morning, reported “45,000 shoppers” with out energy, which they posted to their Twitter account.
Listed here are a number of the stories posted to Twitter when the information broke:
“This has became chaos,” stated Javier Jiménez, mayor of the western city of San Sebastián, which had established its personal brigade of staff to make repairs after Hurricane Maria largely destroyed the U.S. territory’s electrical grid in 2017, leaving some folks with out electrical energy for almost a yr.
Jiménez stated he was pressured to activate that brigade as soon as once more this week as a result of Luma Vitality, which took over the transmission and distribution system of Puerto Rico’s Electrical Energy Authority on June 1, informed him it didn’t have sufficient manpower to revive electrical energy to the greater than 1,000 households left at midnight over the weekend in his city.
“I couldn’t consider it,” he stated. “An organization that has been right here simply days…”
Jiménez additionally famous that Puerto Ricans have complained that once they name the corporate, they’re positioned on maintain for hours with no response.
For the reason that authorities in energy negotiated and signed a contract to denationalise Puerto Rico’s energy grid, there have been ongoing protests on the island and right here on the mainland.
Sadly, some clickbait headlines linked a LUMA reported story about denial of service assaults to the explosion and outages, with no proof of a connection, like this story from NPR. But within the story:
The fireplace and blackout weren’t the one crises going through Luma on Thursday.
Earlier that day, the corporate introduced its shopper portal and cellular app fell sufferer to a cyber assault that disrupted buyer entry to its on-line companies.
The DDoS assault, or distributed denial of service assault, generated 2 million visits per second to the shopper portal and cellular app, impacting many purchasers’ potential to entry account info, based on Luma.
The corporate stated in an announcement that it “regrets that its clients skilled the inconvenience the assault might have induced and appears ahead to persevering with to offer them with an distinctive customer support expertise.”
It is unclear if the hearth and DDoS assault are linked.
There have been many extra, like this one:
I’ve not discovered an official assertion but, from the FBI.
Keep tuned, I’ll replace when extra information turns into out there.