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Bermuda continues hurricane cleanup

Many homes still without power after Hurricane Igor pounded island

September 22, 2010

Repair crews continue to struggle to restore power to some homes on the British overseas territory of Bermuda, days after Hurricane Igor hit.

Hurricane Igor passed over Bermuda on late Sunday evening and early Monday morning, bringing maximum sustained winds of some 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour with higher gusts. While no one was killed, widespread damage was reported throughout the island.

As Bermuda's sole supplier of electricity, BELCO serves approximately 35,500 customers. At the height of the storm, approximately 27,700 customers were without power. These were the result of some 65 mainline circuits that were out across the island, as well as many branch lines and single calls.

As of 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, approximately 1,580 customers remain without power, down from 2,800 on Wednesday morning.

"Crews have been working (..) and expect to complete approximately 75 percent of today's original plan tonight," said Susan McGrath-Smith, a spokeswoman for BELCO. "Some of the jobs today proved to have more damage/work than originally anticipated and so are ongoing into tomorrow."

McGrath-Smith said the jobs for repair crews continue to get smaller in number of customers. "The total number of customers restored with each job may only be 20, 15, 10, 2, 1 etc," she said, adding that there may still be considerable work associated with each job.

"Two crews continue to work island-wide to address the jobs that involve less work, the 'easy fixes'," McGrath-Smith added. "As the numbers of customers out in the West and East continue to diminish, crews will be directed to the jobs in the Central parishes."

"Today, our prioritization of restoring power to the customers who have been out for the longest periods of time has worked well, and we will continue that process in the morning."

(Copyright 2010 by BNO News B.V. All rights reserved.)

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