Bahamas Power and Light Company Limited (BPL) is revising an earlier
release after new information from the Bahamas Department of
Earlier forecasts called for tropical storm force
conditions to begin impacting New Providence Wednesday afternoon and
hurricane force conditions around midnight. Now, new forecasts show that
tropical storm force conditions will not impact New Providence until
midnight with hurricane force conditions expected at abou
t 7am on Thursday morning.
BPL is now amending the times of the controlled shutdowns as follows:
• When maximum sustained winds reach 40 MPH, BPL will be operating a
controlled shutdown of the following areas with significant vegetation
near power lines: Seabreeze, South Beach Estates, Sans Souci, Skyline
Heights, Sanford Drive, Imperial Park, Grove West Bay Street, Orange
Hill, and Eastern Road. BPL anticipates that the controlled shutdown of
these areas should now take place at 11:30pm on Wednesday October 5. BPL
advises its customers in these areas to begin preparing well in advance
of this set time.
• BPL further advises that as Hurricane
Matthew moves closer to the capital, conditions are expected to worsen
and the company may no longer be able to safely provide power to all
customers in New Providence. Most customers will have their supply
interrupted at 6:30am on Thursday October 6, 2016. The company will
continue generating power throughout the storm and providing electricity
only where it can safely do so.
Customers in New Providence and
the Family Islands are also advised that BPL’s crews will not begin the
restoration process until the all clear is given and initial damage
assessments are complete. Further, customers who evacuate their homes
are advised to turn off their main breaker switch before leaving to
avoid potential dangers during the storm and when supply is restored.
Until it is no longer safe for crews to work, BPL teams will continue
to respond to power related emergencies in New Providence. Customers can
contact 302-1800 or 323-5561 if they have a power related concern.