As of 2pm today (Jan 30) approximately 90 customers remain without power due to the winter storm, as “Belco crews are focusing on restoring branch lines as well as smaller outages”.
“Areas of focus include St George’s and Southampton with crews working from 8 am to midnight until all customers are restored, the company said.
Spokeswoman for BELCO, Krista Barnes said: “We would ask customers who remain without power to please be patient as the island was impacted by sustained storm force winds for a long time with blustery winds continuing today. Crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to repair damaged infrastructure and restore power.”
Further updates on restoration efforts will be provided later today.
Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Renée Ming held a news conference on Friday with Kelly Burgess the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Analyst and the Director of the Bermuda Weather Service, Dr Mark Guishard.
She confirmed that “there was minimal structural or foliage damage, and most of the restoration works have been completed”.
“Belco continue to work on restoring power to those small pockets of residences who are without electricity,” she added.
Schools resumed on Friday at all public schools with the exception of Paget Primary, which was without electricity.
“Power has since been restored to the school and in class learning at Paget Primary will resume on Monday,” said Ms Ming.
The Minister also confirmed that “17 males and two females were housed during the storm” at the shelter for vulnerable persons at CedarBridge, which stayed open until 9am this morning.
In closing, the Minister thanked “all of our government departments and partner agencies who ensured they were ready and prepared for any eventuality”.
“I also wish to commend our Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Team who worked throughout yesterday (Thursday) to assess the progress of the storm and coordinate emergency responses.
“And of course, I need to commend the people of Bermuda who exercised care, caution and common sense during the storm by staying inside and securing their homes to prevent serious injury or damage.
“We’ve been advised by the BWS that the current weather conditions are expected to continue throughout the weekend and in that regard, persons should continue to use extreme caution when moving about the island especially those on motorbikes.”
Forecasters say: “By Sunday, conditions improve and settle as high pressure builds in.
“The beginning of the next week then sees the gradual warming of temperatures ahead of the next front which will bring increasing winds and more wet weather in time for Tuesday.”