Hurricane Sandy

Update 4 - October 29

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise the public that we have restored power to approximately 98% of customers and have crews assigned to addressing isolated outages and power related issues.

Due to the flood damage in the Queen’ Cove and East Grand Bahama areas, we cannot energize those customers until inspections have been completed. This continues to be a priority for all the relevant agencies involved.

We thank the public for their patience and ask customers to please call our 24hr Customer Call Centre at 352.8411 to report power related issues and to receive outage updates.

Update 4 - October 29

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise the public that our primary focus continues to be on our restoration efforts. We have restored power to approximately 90% of customers and continue to work hard on restoring power to customers that are still affected. We also have crews assigned to addressing isolated outages and power related issues.

We wish to advise customers in the Lincoln Green 2 & 5, Queen’s Cove, parts of Derby, Windermere, and Pine Bay areas, that Grand Bahama Port Authority Technical Department’s Building and Inspection unit has instructed us not to energize those areas until they have completed their inspections

Customers in East Grand Bahama experienced extensive flooding damage that hindered our restoration efforts as well as significant pole damage to our main transmission line on Grand Bahama Highway.  We continue to work on rebuilding that transmission line so that we can begin to restore power to those customers

We thank the public for their patience and ask customers to please call our 24hr Customer Call Centre at 352.8411 to report power related issues and to receive outage updates.

 

Update 3 -October 29

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise customers that our main headquarters will be open today, October 29, 2012, for limited operations as our main focus will be continued concentration on our restoration efforts. Our command centre will remain open and fully staffed to address customer issues and our crews continue to work hard on restoring power to those still affected. Customers are asked to please call our 24hr Customer Call Centre at 352.8411 to report any power related issues and to receive outage updates

 

Update 2 - October 28

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise the public that we continued to work diligently through the night and again first thing this morning on our restoration efforts.  As of 11:30 pm last night we were able to restore power to approximately 70% of our customers.

Customers in those areas who may be experiencing isolated outages are asked to contact our 24hr customer call centre at 352.8411

We had experienced some challenges with salt water damage to our equipment and flooding in key areas as well as downed power lines and poles on our transmission line. As the flooding has begun to subside in some areas we will continue to concentrate our efforts on restoring power to critical services and customers that we were unable to address due to flooding.

We will continue to provide regular updates and estimated restoration times and information as available via the local radio stations and on our website www.gb-power.com

  
Grand Bahama Power Company urges our customers to exercise extreme caution and to stay away from downed power lines. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work diligently to restore power.

 

UPDATE 1 -October 27

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise the public that our crews have actively been engaged in restoration efforts and have been challenged by extensive flooding in key areas, continued high winds, downed power lines and poles on our transmission line and salt water damage to our generating equipment. By 6pm we will be in the position to begin trying to restore power to the following customers:

Hospital, Water Plant W1 and well field,  Christ the King, Yeoman Wood, Hudson Estate, East Settlers Way, Heritage, Sgt Major, Our Lucaya, Sea Horse Village, Windsor Park, Royal Palm Way, Pelican Bay Hotel, W4 Water Plant and Well Field, Bahamia North and portion of Bahamia South, Caravel Beach, Bahamas Terrace, Sunrise Park, East Atlantic Dr, Polaris Dr, Downtown area, Charthouse, Maliboo Reef, Parts of Royal Bahamian Estates, Williams Town, Coral Reef, Mayfield Park, Lucayan Towers N & S, Arden Forest, Richmond Park. Grasmere, Greening Glade, Midshipman Rd, Taino Beach, Smiths Point, Albacore Rd, Balao Rd, Fortune Hills, Portions of Royal Bahamian Estates, Coral rd , Silver Sands, Cove House, The ridge, Adventurers Way, Pioneers Way, Jansel Court, Bass Lane, Bruce Ave, Hearne Lane, Poinciana Dr.

Customers in those areas who may be experiencing isolated outages and customers wanting to receive outage information or report downed power lines, are asked to contact our 24hr customer call centre at 352.8411

We will continue to provide regular updates and estimated restoration times and information as available via the local radio stations and on our website www.gb-power.com  
Grand Bahama Power Company urges our customers to exercise extreme caution and to stay away from downed power lines. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work diligently to restore power. 

 

State of Readiness

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise our customers that we are in a state of readiness as we continue to monitor the storm approaching Grand Bahama.

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to inform that we will not be performing a planned shutdown of our systems. We will continue to provide power to our customers as long as wind speeds and safe operations allow.  

However, should we lose our system during the storm; we will not be able to restore it until it is safe to do so.

Due to the predicted high wind gusts associated with Hurricane Sandy, we are aware that customers will be experiencing storm related outages.  Once the storm is underway, in order to safeguard our staff, we will be unable to respond to any outages until after the storm passes.  Immediately after NEMA issues the all clear and we begin our assessment and restoration efforts, we will provide regular updates and estimated restoration times and information as available.

We are watching the forecasts carefully and will continue to make regular updates via the local radio stations and on our website www.gb-power.com

Grand Bahama Power Company urges our customers to remain focused on ensuring they are well prepared and have taken the necessary precautions. Please exercise extreme caution and prudence in preparation for the storm.

 

Safety Messages 

Grand Bahama Power Company wishes to advise our customers to exercise extreme caution during the storm. Kindly pay attention to the following power line safety messages:

  • Stay away from and do not touch a downed power line. Keep pets and children away from them as well. Always assume downed lines are energized and dangerous.
  • Avoid stepping in or coming in contact with water where power lines are down. If you use a generator, always follow the manufacturer’s directions. GBPC recommends hooking appliances directly to the generator, using properly sized extension cords. If you hook your generator directly into your home’s electrical system, turn off your home’s main circuit breaker to avoid stray voltage from going out on power lines and endangering GBPC crews or the public.
  • Report the downed power lines to GBPC at 352-8411. Only qualified electric utility workers should attempt to move downed power lines.
  • Never drive over downed power lines. Even if not energized, they can become entangled in your vehicle. Never touch downed power lines or use any object to move power lines, including brooms, boards, limbs or plastic materials.
  • Although wood is non-conductive, if even slightly wet it will conduct electricity, causing electric shock or electrocution. Power lines can also slide down such objects when lifted.

Never touch a person or object in contact with power lines.

These tips can also be found on our website www.gb-power.com
   
Grand Bahama Power Company urges our customers to remain focused on ensuring they are well prepared and have taken the necessary precautions. Please exercise extreme caution and prudence in preparation for the storm.

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