BELCO today issued a reminder to residents to prepare for the hurricane season as “September and October are approaching the most active months of the season.”

A spokesperson said:

“Once the impact of a hurricane is confirmed, assets including new utility poles, transformers and other critical supplies can be placed in strategic locations prior to the storm and deployed quickly where needed to keep the island’s roads under control. You will no longer be hindered by obstacles.

“If Bermuda is hit by a storm and experiences a power outage, restoration crews will begin work as soon as it is declared safe and will continue until power is restored to all customers. The main circuit must be restored first, then the spur circuits to restore power to the home.

Statistics courtesy of BWS showing hurricane frequency by month

“If a customer loses power, the main and branch lines must be repaired and energized before the damage to a particular home can be repaired, otherwise the line that powers that home will lose power. It is important to note that BELCO will never intentionally disconnect a customer’s power supply.”

BELCO President Wayne Caines said: Activity has picked up in the last few days, but it’s comforting to know that BELCO is prepared for any eventuality.

“During the aftermath of the hurricane, BELCO staff appreciates the public’s patience and understanding as they work to restore power to everyone safely and as quickly as possible. We encourage the public to review the Hurricane Safety Plan and the BELCO website for tips and advice to keep your family and property safe.”

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