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Puerto Rico has been plagued with powerlessness for over four months now. Students at Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo school in San Juan were without power for 112 days. When their power was finally restored, the moment was caught on video and shared to social media. The video shows the students and faculty going wild with happiness as the electricity came back on. The video has been viewed over 445,000 times so far.
The description that accompanied the video, translated from Spanish, says that after 112 days the power is finally back on. The post thanked the students, parents, and faculty for their perseverance during this trying time.
This single story of joy and overgoing great adversity is a ray of sunshine through the clouds. Since the category five hurricane that tore through Puerto Rico, there have been between 65 and 1,000 deaths attributed to the storm. In the over four months since Hurricane Maria hit, 40 percent of Puerto Ricans are still without power.
There has been a gargantuan effort to restore power to the land. The Army Corps of Engineers says that it projects Puerto Rico's power to be fully restored within a month.
Florida has received over 300,000 migrants from Puerto Rico since the storm, overwhelming many Florida schools. Leslie Campbell, director of special programs for the Osceola County School District said her office is assisting with new enrollments for the influx of new students. Her district alone has received no less than 2,400 students since the crisis began.
The mass migration in the wake of the storm has affected Florida the greatest, due to its proximity. But many migrants have traveled further on to larger cities with bigger Puerto Rican populations such as New York, Chicago, and Houston. While many people have plans to return to their homes, there are still many who will not. This could have adverse political effects for Republicans as the Latino voting base seems to be shifting from predominately Cuban to Puerto Rican. Many Puerto Ricans believe the Republican Trump Administration did not handle hurricane assistance well.
Irrespective of the broader political implications, positive news such as this school's electricity is a great morale booster. Stories like this also serve to draw attention to the crisis that is ongoing in Puerto Rico.
With so much exposure of stories like these, reporters can highlight facts such as the 40% still-blacked-out nation. These facts being put back into the spotlight will force public servants to address the issues which will hopefully have Puerto Ricans back to normal lives much sooner.