Hurricane Earl Updates

Sep 8, 2022

[September 9, 2022  |  6:00pm Update]

As of 6:00pm today, power has been restored to all customers.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  5:00pm Update]

As of 5:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Devonshire 7
Paget 1

Our hourly updates will not stop. We will advise when all remaining customers have had their power restored.

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
If you see someone injured after touching a downed power line, call 911 for help.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  4:00pm Update]

As of 4:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Devonshire 7
Paget 1

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
Stay away from downed power lines – at least 33 feet or more (that’s approximately three car lengths).

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  3:00pm Update]

As of 3:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Devonshire 14
Pembroke 23
Paget 1

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
Do not run a generator in your garage or porch and keep it at least 10ft away from your house.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  2:00pm Update]

As of 2:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Pembroke 23

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
After a storm, check for electrical damage, such as frayed wires, downed power lines, sparks or the smell of hot or burned insulation. Please call 955 to report any issue.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  1:00pm Update]

As of 1:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Pembroke 24
Warwick 1

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
Trees and foliage hitting power lines are the number one reason for power outages, especially during hurricanes. And these outages are entirely preventable. Now is the time for property owners to trim their trees at a minimum of ten feet away from power lines to prevent an outage. It is important to be safe while trimming your trees. Please call BELCO at 295-5111 to schedule a power shutdown for your tree trimming. We ask that you arrange this three week in advance so that we have enough time to schedule your power shutdown.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  12:00pm Update]

As of 12:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Devonshire 1
Pembroke 126
Sandys 1
Warwick 1

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
Once power is restored, if a lightbulb is extremely bright or dim, turn off your power at the meter and contact BELCO. This may indicate a voltage problem.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  11:00am Update]

As of 11:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Devonshire 42
Pembroke 128
Sandys 1
Warwick 1

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Did You Know?
Hurricane restoration is very much a team effort with crews out on the roads, support from dispatching staff, stores which allocates supplies, Customer Experience who answer outage lines to support customers, the Occupational Health Safety and Environment (OHSE) group supporting field teams, mechanics, plant operators and of course the canteen staff who keep crews fed and hydrated.

Safety Tip
Always assume downed power lines are energised and dangerous.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  10:00am Update]

As of 10:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 35
Devonshire 59
Pembroke 126
Sandys 1
Warwick 15

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
Don’t try to rescue anyone who has touched a downed power line because electrical current can travel through them to you and you risk becoming a victim yourself.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  9:00am Update]

As of 9:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 126
Sandys 140
St. George’s 1
Warwick 2
Paget 1

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
DO NOT run from a fallen line. Running from a fallen line may cause your legs to bridge current from higher to lower voltage and you may receive a shock. Instead, keep your legs together and shuffle away with both feet on the ground. Shuffle a safe distance (33 feet or more) away from other utility poles.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  8:00am Update]

As of 8:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 126
Sandys 140
St. George’s 44
Warwick 2
Paget 112

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
If you have power in one half of your house, this is called a partial power outage. This means you have only one phase of electricity available; therefore one half of your house is being powered. Turn off your power at the meter and call 955.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  7:00am Update]

As of 7:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 126
Sandys 140
St. George’s 479
Warwick 2
Paget 111

Our crews are currently working on restoring power. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Please remain cautious and mindful while driving today. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Safety Tip
Stay clear of piles of debris or downed foliage that may conceal live power lines.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  6:00am Update]

As of 6:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 125
Sandys 140
St. George’s 949
Warwick 2
Paget 111

Safety Tip
To avoid possible damage to your appliances or generator, use only those appliances that do not exceed the generator’s capacity.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  2:00am Update]

This will be our last update for next few hours.

As of 2:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 125
Sandys 139
St. George’s 44

Did You Know?
Once a storm becomes a threat to the island, BELCO’s Incident Command System is established to coordinate the emergency response necessary for restoration of customers after a storm.

Safety Tip
Pole fires are a constant threat and highly unpredictable as to where they will ocur. Some storms, contain very little rain, which can cause the air to become laden with salt that sticks to transformers. When the transformer heats up the salt becomes liquefied which causes short circuits and sometimes a fire. If you see a pole fire stay well clear and call 955.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  1:00am Update]

As of 1:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 125
Sandys 139
St. George’s 44

Did You Know?
The order of restoration is as follows: main circuits, branch lines and individual customers. BELCO restores main line circuits first, focusing initially on those that supply the Island’s essential services and critical infrastructure. Repairs must be completed in this order  because main lines feed all other lines.

Safety Tip
NEVER store fuel for your generator in your house and do not store fuels near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a stove or water heater. Before re-fueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilt on a hot engine can ignite a fire.

 


 

[September 9, 2022  |  12:00am Update]

As of 12:00am today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Hamilton 1
Devonshire 57
Pembroke 112
Sandys 139
St. George’s 44

Did You Know?
Once the storm has passed and it is safe to do so, BELCO restoration crews are mobilised with personnel designated to strategic locations throughout the island in order to begin the restoration efforts as quickly as possible.

Safety Tip
Hooking up your generator directly into your home power supply could energise the outside power lines and electrocute a utility worker. If you must connect the generator through the house wiring to power appliances, use a qualified and licensed electrician to install an appropriate power transfer switch.

 


 

[September 8, 2022  |  11:00pm Update]

As of 11:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Paget 1
Hamilton 1
Devonshire 99
Pembroke 1,056
Sandys 140
St. George’s 44

Safety Tip
Carbon monoxide fumes emitted by a generator’s exhaust cannot be smelled or seen and can be fatal. NEVER use a generator indoors. Generators should NEVER be operated in any part of your home or indoor space, regardless of whether there are open windows. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.

 


 

[September 8, 2022  |  10:00pm Update]

As of 10:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Paget 1
Hamilton 1
Devonshire 99
Pembroke 583
Sandys 1

Our crews are working on restoration efforts and will continue with the efforts as long as it is safe to do so. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Safety Tip
Wiring that has become wet or damaged during a major storm cannot be safely reused, even it appears to have completely dried. It must be replaced. Identify any wiring that was under water or dampened. If the water did not reach all levels of a building, wiring that was not wet may still be safely used. Have a qualified electrician inspect any suspect electrical appliances or wiring.

Helpful Information:

  1. Bermuda Weather Service
  2. BELCO Power Outage Map 

BELCO Storm-Related Update Channels:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. BELCO Blog

 


 

[September 8, 2022  |  9:00pm Update]

As of 9:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Paget 308
Hamilton 1
Devonshire 99
Pembroke 1,056
Sandys 1
Warwick 1

Our crews are working on restoration efforts and will continue with the efforts as long as it is safe to do so. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Safety Tip
It is important to remember NOT to call BELCO during a storm to report a power outage. However, during a storm, we DO encourage you to call BELCO in the event of an emergency or life-threatening situation, such as downed power lines or pole fires.

Customers with AMI meters that have lost power will already be logged as having an outage. Other customers are asked not to call to report an outage until BELCO has asked you to do so.

Helpful Information:

  1. Bermuda Weather Service
  2. BELCO Power Outage Map 

BELCO Storm-Related Update Channels:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. BELCO Blog

 


 

[September 8, 2022  |  8:00pm Update]

As of 8:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Paget 307
Hamilton 1

Our crews are working on restoration efforts and will continue with the efforts as long as it is safe to do so. We ask that you keep out of the way of all working crews in order to maintain safety.

Safety Tip
If your power is out, turn off all lights, leaving only one on, so that you will know when power is restored. Do not open refrigerator or freezer doors.

Helpful Information:

  1. Bermuda Weather Service
  2. BELCO Power Outage Map 

BELCO Storm-Related Update Channels:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. BELCO Blog

 


[September 8, 2022  |  7:00pm Update]

As of 7:00pm today, we have the following storm-related outages to report:

Paget 307

Safety Tip
NEVER touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.

Helpful Information:

  1. Bermuda Weather Service
  2. BELCO Power Outage Map 

BELCO Storm-Related Update Channels:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. BELCO Blog


[September 8, 2022  |  5:00pm Update]

Our preparations are complete and we are ready for whatever Hurricane Earl may bring!

The Bermuda Weather Service expects that weather conditions will rapidly deteriorate with tropical storm winds persisting into early Friday and possible hurricane force gusts within heavy showers and widespread rain.

Did You Know?
BELCO restoration crews cannot safely begin to restore power until hurricane-force winds or storm conditions subside; however, before the storm started, BELCO crews and equipment were strategically placed throughout the island in order to be ready directly following its conclusion.

Safety Tip
NEVER overload your electrical outlets. Overloaded outlets are one of the main causes of electrical fires, especially during and after a major storm when systems are more fragile.

 


 

[September 8, 2022  |  12:30pm Update]

BELCO’s Team, including our Crisis Management Team, are completing preparations this afternoon for the forecasted impacts of Hurricane Earl. The Bermuda Weather Service has forecast wet weather and possible thunderstorms with sustained winds of 40-50 knots with gusts of 65 knots.

BELCO’s worksites where trenching is taking place are being prepared for the potential impacts of heavy rain and tropical storm force winds. Motorists are advised to use caution when in the vicinity of the open trenches.

We will post updates on storm-related outages, restoration efforts and at-home storm safety tips on our website, our Facebook and our Twitter page.

As this storm is not a direct hit, we understand that you may be moving about the island as normal. Please exercise extreme caution when driving through severe weather; be observant of your surroundings; drive slowly; and follow all Government guidance on when to be off the roads. Your safety is of the utmost importance.

Helpful Information:

  1. BELCO Power Outage Map – https://loom.ly/v1XIVE8
  2. BELCO Storm Smart Guide – https://loom.ly/LHfoTL8

 


 

[September 8, 2022  |  7:30am Update]

As of 7:30am this morning, we remain under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning as the Bermuda Weather Service shared that Hurricane Earl, Category 2, will approach and pass about 100 miles to the SE around midnight tonight. We are expected to experience tropical storm force winds through the evening and night with periods of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

At BELCO, we are prepared and ready. To learn more about how we prepare for a storm, visit: Hurricane Preparedness Reminder – BELCO

Shoudl we experience any storm-related outages, be sure to Like/Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter or bookmark belco.bm for up-to-date information.

We encourage everyone to remember that safety is the top priority. Secure you property and belongings, take all the necessary safety precautions, and if you have to be on the roads during high winds and rainy weather, please drive with extreme caution and remain observant at all times.

 


[September 7, 2022  |  8:00pm Update]

As of 8:00pm this evening, the Bermuda Weather Service has now placed the island under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.

Hurricane Earl is forecasted to pass about 115 miles southeast of Bermuda tomorrow night. Sustained winds may briefly reach 50 knots with gusts to 60 knots late tomorrow night into the early morning hours of Friday.

At BELCO, we are tracking Hurricane Earl. Our team is ready and prepared. Should we experience any storm-related outages, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at belco.bm for up-to-date information.

We encourage everyone to ensure their properties and belongings are secure and safe.

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