Power restored to 95% of the island

After the entire island was plunged into darkness following high winds as a result of Tropical Storm conditions associated with Hurricane Irma on Sunday (September 10) evening, Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) crews have been working late into the night to re-energize its customers.

Up to press time Tuesday (September 12) evening, this daily learned that just about 95 percent of the power company’s customers were back online.

Speaking with Cleopatra Wallace-Russell, GBPC’s Corporate Communications Officer, it was confirmed that all of the island’s critical areas were energized, including the Rand Memorial Hospital, the entry ports, police and GB Utility Company.

“Our teams are working late into the night to ensure that our customers are online,” said Wallace-Russell.
She noted that areas inclusive of “West GB, Freeport proper and most of Lucaya” have been energized as of yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, GBPC linemen are continuing to work on the “pocket areas.”

Wallace-Russell explained that although there were no downed poles as a result of the weather system, the high winds created a lot of “the line-to-line” damage, which is more all little more tedious for crews.
However, Wallace-Russell noted that by late evening all customers should be online.

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