Nearly 1.5 million without power in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican Capitol building in San Juan.

Story highlights

  • About 12 hours into the blackout, power had been restored to just over 130,000 customers
  • Public schools canceled classes and government employees were asked to work limited hours

(CNN)Puerto Rico has gone dark.

A power outage on the island has left nearly 1.5 million people without power, according to a statement from the government-run electric company AEE.
The blackout is affecting most of the US territory, causing traffic jams and forcing business closures.