Earthquake Rattles Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Karen Approaches – The New York Times

Power still goes out — if only briefly — on a regular basis in parts of Puerto Rico, where the electrical grid remains frail. But the public power utility is better prepared to respond to any possible outages than it was during Hurricane Maria in 2017, the governor said.

“That’s a reality — the power may go out,” Ms. Vázquez said.

Mr. García, the meteorologist, warned about possible storm surge and flash flooding. But he added: “This system is not a Maria.”

An average hurricane season, which lasts from June to November, has 12 named storms, a designation given to storms with winds that reach 39 miles per hour, said Mr. Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center. Of those, an average of six become hurricanes, with winds of at least 74 miles per hour, and three become a Category 3 or above, with winds over 111 miles per hour.

This year, 12 storms have been named, four have become hurricanes and one, Dorian, became a Category 5, wreaking catastrophic devastation in the Bahamas.

“We’re pretty close to an average season,” Mr. Feltgen said. “But we still have a little more than two months of the hurricane season to go.”

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