Communication in Puerto Rico Knocked Out by Hurricane Maria

September 22, 2017

Reprinted from Mashable

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, the most intense in nearly a century. Power is out on the entire island, and cellphone towers were reportedly knocked over—leaving the prospect that communication on the island could be a continuing problem.

A T-Mobile spokesperson confirmed outages on Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico has experienced widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria that knocked out power and services across the board. We’re working as fast as we can to get customers back online,” the spokesperson said in an email.

An AT&T spokesperson also confirmed that its network had been damaged.

The Federal Communications Commission reported on Thursday afternoon that almost all of the cell sites on Puerto Rico were out of service.

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Image Credit: FCC Hurricane Maria Communications Status Report Sept. 22