1.5M people without power in Puerto Rico

They're expecting to get more power up for people by Friday

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(WWLP) – Millions of people are without power in Puerto Rico.

A power outage on the island has left nearly 1.5 million people without electricity, according to the government-run electric company AEE.

Power has been restored to 130,000 people, but a third of the population is still without power.

Yaril Castro has family left in the dark in Puerto Rico. They say traffic lights are out, business and schools are closed, and only some people have running water.

“I feel a little concerned because of the safety, because when things like this happen, people can get out of their minds and stuff,” said Castro.

Fire Chief Angel Crespo says the power outage was caused by an overheated switch, causing a 2-thousand gallon mineral oil tank to explode.

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla says they’re expecting to get more power up for people by Friday.

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