Residents in high-risk areas in New Providences can expect a controlled power shutdown at 8 p.m. today, according to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL).
The announcement comes as The Bahamas braces for Hurricane Isaias, which some forecasters project will develop into a Category 2.
“Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) wishes to advise that at 8 p.m. this evening, we anticipate that there will be a controlled shutdown of certain high-risk areas in the New Providence grid,” the power company said in a statement today.
“This would be necessary only if Isaias maintains current conditions and New Providence sees sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.”
A second controlled shutdown will be executed if storm conditions deteriorate, BPL said.
It said customers in the flood-prone areas of Pinewood, Marshall Road, Yamacraw Shores, Winton Highway/Culbert’s Hill, Winton – Twynam, Nassau East North and South, Perpall Tract/Vista Marina/St. Alban’s Drive, Bay Street and Nassau Village will likely be impacted by that second shutdown.
“Once power is cut, it will remain off until it is safe to reenergize,” BPL said.
“BPL is acting per its approved hurricane plan, and wishes to advise customers that regular updates will be issued via social media and regular news outlets in order to keep customers abreast of the latest developments.”
It said power will be restored to affected areas once it is “safe to do so”.
BPL said that will likely happen once winds die down to below 40 miles per hour.
The power company also confirmed that controlled shutdowns were executed on Mayaguana at 12:15 a.m. and Inagua at 5 a.m.
It noted that those islands were among the first to experience the effects of Isaias.
Power was restored on Inagua at 10 a.m., according to BPL.