Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) today advised that preparations are being made for Hurricane Tammy and offered advice for property owners in advance of the storm.
BELCO’s Crisis Management Team has been convened to coordinate preparations ahead of possible impacts from Hurricane Tammy and will continue to meet frequently until the storm has passed.
While the time for arranging a scheduled power outage with BELCO for tree trimming prior to Hurricane Tammy’s arrival has passed, customers are reminded that the most important action residents can take to prepare is to ensure trees on their property are clear of power lines. During the high winds from three previous storms impacting Bermuda this season, Hurricane Franklin, Tropical Storm Idalia and Hurricane Lee, most outages were caused by foliage and loose debris hitting power lines. Ensuring that trees on private property remain 10 feet away from power lines is the sole responsibility of property owners. Property owners can call (295-5111) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) three weeks in advance to schedule a power shutdown in order to trim safely.
If Bermuda is impacted by Hurricane Tammy which results in power outages, restoration crews start work as soon as it is declared safe to do so and continue until every customer has had power restored.
The public can get storm preparedness advice and updates on any outages on BELCO’s website and social media pages on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).
BELCO President Wayne Caines said: “Bermuda has certainly had a busy storm season this year and the latest forecast from the Bermuda Weather Service is for Hurricane Tammy to possibly impact the island by the end of this week, thankfully as a weakened tropical storm. Our team at BELCO are well prepared and closely monitoring the storm and our Crisis Management Team will be meeting frequently until the threat has passed. Once the storm has passed, BELCO staff certainly appreciate the patience and understanding of the public as we work to get everyone’s power restored as quickly and safely as possible. I encourage the public to be safe, trim their trees, secure any loose items on their property, and review their own hurricane safety plans as well as tips and advice on the BELCO website.”
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