Beginning in the morning, the island experienced strong periods of rain and wind gusts of up to 135 mph. There were many fallen tree branches on my street as I headed to work the next day, on Tuesday morning. My family and I were fortunate enough not to have been severely affected by Earl though, we have both electricity and running water at our home. I did see an explosion of an electric post not very far from our house on Monday night. The entire street went dark shortly thereafter. We lost power for about five minutes. Unfortunately, three days after Earl, I still have friends and acquaintances who are living without electricity. Miguel Cordero, the director of Puerto Rico's power electric company (la Autoridad Energía Eléctrica), blames the power outages on fallen trees caused by the strong wind gusts. With all due respect to Mr. Cordero, I think he needs a reality check.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the island's electric grid system is in desperate need of an upgrade. In fact, this is an investment that's long overdue. Anyone who has lived, or still lives in Puerto Rico will very likely have experienced power outages at home or come across the occasional
According to meteorologists, this hurricane season looks to be quite active. The island is already bracing for another possible hurricane, Gaston. September has historically been the peak of the hurricane season for Puerto Rico. Perhaps we can apply some of Earl's lessons in preparing for the next storm. For starters, let's not send everyone home at the same time!
(The images above were obtained from www.endi.com)