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I AM COINING A NEW TERM: WRITER’S BLIP. IT’S LIKE WRITER’S BLOCK,BUT INSTEAD OF A FULL POWER OUTAGE, IT’S JUST A SHORT FIZZLE IN THE ELECTRICITY, LIKE BEING UNABLE TO FIND EXACTLY THE RIGHT WORD OR PHRASE THAT YOU NEED. WRITER’S BLIP. 

Please fire me. The power went out at work today, and my boss asked me if I could fix it. I thought he was joking—apparently he was serious. I’m a part-time secretary.  He’s a member of MENSA with a PhD.  

One time all the power in the school went out and all the other classes just hung out in the dark and goofed off. But come on, band practice is never canceled, no matter what. So of course we went outside, what else would we do? Not play? Ha, you make me laugh.

You don’t need electricity to enjoy the sunset (X)

Puerto Rico battles massive blackout after fire at electricity plant

A massive blackout has hit Puerto Rico after a fire broke out at one of the island’s main electricity plants, leaving almost half of the US territory’s 3.5 million inhabitants without power.

The Electric Power Authority said two transmission lines of 230,000 volts each failed, for reasons which are still being investigated.

Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a press conference that it could be as much as 24 hours before power is restored, according to newspaper El Nuovo Dia.

By nightfall, millions of people remained without light and water.

In some areas, the power cut has caused water to be shut off as well.

“I just visited my grandmother, and basically a 10-minute drive took me an hour and a half,” said Maite Lázaro, from Guaynabo, a town outside the capital San Juan.

The power went off for her in the early afternoon, she said, with the water stopping soon after. “I was sitting at my computer,” she said. “Everything just stopped.”

She wasn’t fazed at first. “That happens quite often – power goes out and then comes back,” she said. “But this one I think was a bigger issue.”

The island’s fire department said it extinguished a blaze on Wednesday at the power plant in southern Puerto Rico that serves a majority of customers on the island. Heavy storms were affecting the area.

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