BPL: Controlled shutdown expected

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Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) wishes to advise that at 8PM this evening, we anticipate that there will be a controlled shutdown of certain high-risk areas in the New Providence grid. This would be necessary only if Isaias maintains current conditions and New Providence sees sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (MPH).

Should it prove necessary and storm conditions deteriorate, a second controlled shutdown will be executed, targeting flood-prone areas. Once power is cut, it will remain off until it is safe to reenergize.

BPL is acting per its approved Hurricane Plan, and wishes to advise customers that regular updates will be issued via social media and regular news outlets in order to keep customers abreast of the latest developments.

Customers affected by the 8PM controlled shutdown – should it prove necessary – will be those in areas where there is a high risk to the overhead infrastructure once sustained winds reach 40MPH. Our plan calls for these areas to be shut down at any significant weather event due to high risk concerns to health and safety of customers and workers, and access to site.

Should storm conditions force a second round of controlled shutdowns in New Providence, that will affect customers in the flood-prone areas of Pinewood, Marshall Road, Yamacraw Shores, Winton Highway/Culbert’s Hill, Winton – Twynam, Nassau East North and South, Perpall Tract/Vista Marina/St. Alban’s Drive, Downtown (Bay Street) and Nassau Village.

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