Report: America's Biggest Blackout

Trevor Houser and Peter Marsters, Rhodium Group

It’s been 36 days since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Roughly 75% of island’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity, along with tens of thousands more in St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. We’ve combed through the historical record looking for a power outage of this scale and duration anywhere in the US and can find none. Based on available data, we believe Hurricane Maria has caused the largest blackout in American history.

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