Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
The logo of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is seen in Dorado, Puerto Rico January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island’s power company, said Wednesday that a major power line failure in the southern part of the U.S. island territory knocked out electric service to almost all customers.

PREPA said in a statement it expects to restore service to customers in 24 to 36 hours.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino, Jessica Resnick-Ault and Nick Brown in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe