Saturday 22 September, 2018

UPDATE: BL&P reports progress in restoring power

UPDATE [10:30 p.m.]:

Around 8:30 p.m. the BL&P reported that its crews had safely restored power to most customers affected by today's island-wide outage.

It urged customers still without power to call them at 626-9000 to notify them of your area.

"Our crews continue to work to address these isolated issues. We once again thank you for your patience and encourage you to stay safe," said the BL&P

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UPDATE [5:15 p.m.]:

The Barbados Light & Power has reported that power has been restored to 40 per cent of its customers, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Grantley Adams International Airport, Bay Street, Spring Garden and its environs, Providence and St Martins.

"Our crews are continuing to work safely to restore the electric supply as soon as possible," assured the BL&P.

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The Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) has reported a loss of power to the entire island as Barbados continues to experience storm conditions due to the passage of Hurricane Maria.

The BL&P has assured the public: "We are working diligently to safely restore electricity to customers as soon as possible."

The utility company's teams have been kept busy today, restoring power earlier in a number of areas in the West Coast where outages were reported.

The BL&P said that some areas which remained without supply around midday included Sherman's in the north, Pleasant View and its environs such as the UWI and Wanstead in St Michael and a few other isolated communities.

They also reported a fallen pole in Daryll's Hill, St George.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Meteorological Services has advised that the Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados was discontinued as of 2 p.m.

At that time, the centre of Hurricane Maria was located near 14.9°N, 60.4°W or about 136 miles (219 km) north-northwest of Barbados.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph (200km/h) with higher gusts. Minimum central pressure is 956mb (28.23 inches). The system continues to move west-northwestward at 10mph (17 km/h) away from Barbados and as a consequence the threat to Barbados has diminished.

However, wind speeds ranging between 20 to 35 mph (32 to 56 km/h) with higher gusts will continue to affect the island during the afternoon and into tonight.

The Flood Warning for Barbados will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. today. A Flood-Warning means that some flooding is already occurring or is likely to occur.

Although the persistent moderate to heavy showers from last night and early hours of this morning have eased this afternoon, some moderate to heavy shower outbreaks are still possible throughout the afternoon.

Residents in flood-prone areas are advised to remain on the alert.

The High-surf and Small-Craft Warning remain in effect until 12:00 noon Tuesday, September 19, 2017.