Blackout hits Puerto Rico as power company reached goal

Carlos Giusti/Associated Press file A brigade from the Electric Power Authority repairs distribution lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in the Cantera community of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A major blackout hit Puerto Rico’s most populated region Wednesday just as the government announced it had met its goal of 50 percent power generation nearly two months after Hurricane Maria struck as a Category 4 storm.