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.”