As of 6:30pm Friday night a Belcom spokesman said 11,081 customers, or 31.7 percent of Belco’s customers remained without power as crews work to have power fully restored by Monday.

Restoration efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Humberto, as the island braces for Jerry early next week.

A company spokesman said: “As crews continue their work there is a likelihood that customers who have had their power restored may have it turned back off to allow for other circuits to be brought back on to the system safely.

“Belco crews will continue working until midnight with work to resume at 8am. It is anticipated that all customers will have their power restored by end of day on Monday.”

Customers were reminded not to call Belco unless there is an emergency, like a pole fire or downed power lines.

Residents were also reminded to unplug electric appliances from wall outlets to protect them from power surges while the restoration process continues.

“Belco recommends installing surge protectors to help safeguard valuable electronic equipment and to plug sensitive equipment into a separate, grounded circuit to isolate them from fluctuations caused when a major appliance, such as a refrigerator, restarts after a power outage,” the spokesman added.

“This is increasingly important as restoration continues, with the likelihood of temporary power cuts throughout the day as more and more areas are brought online.”

Customers were also reminded that “overloaded electrical outlets or extension cords pose a serious fire risk”.

“Never overload your electrical outlets,” the spokesman said.

“Overloaded outlets are one of the main causes of electrical fires, especially during and after a major storm when systems are more fragile.”

Meanwhile, another Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to fly into the storm tonight as a slew of tropical cyclones march across the Atlantic and east Pacific basins.
With four named tropical cyclones, forecasters are also keeping a close watch on the second hurricane to threaten Bermuda in ten days, while additional waves shed off the coast of Africa that are likely to develop into cyclones within the week ahead.
Forecasters say Jerry will arc northwestward before making an abrupt northeasterly turn, “potentially taking its center of circulation close to or over Bermuda on Tuesday or Wednesday”.
“This comes less than a week after Category 3 Humberto’s eyewall nicked Bermuda’s northern fringe Wednesday night, bringing winds gusting over 130 mph,” one report said.
“Bermuda’s 11-mile-long island is a minuscule, but well-placed, target for hurricanes.”
Within the past five years Bermuda has suffered three direct hits and several “sideswipes”, making it “perhaps the most hurricane-prone community in the Atlantic”, the report added.
“That may seem surprising, but the reason most don’t know this is because Bermuda’s placement well outside the tropics has always spared it from Category 4 and 5 hurricanes, which are the strongest.”
Jerry is expected to continue at its current intensity for the next several days.