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Belco warning as high winds approach

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Power firm Belco yesterday braced itself for high winds and rough weather expected to hit the island on Thursday.

Dennis Pimentel, the company president, said: “In anticipation of potential hurricane force winds we have activated our crisis management team and are preparing for the storm on Thursday.

“This includes positioning supplies and teams in advance to address any outages that may occur.

“Whatever the weather brings, we are prepared to address any issues that may occur as soon as it is safe to do so.”

A Belco spokesman said the public should always assume downed power lines were live and stay at least 35 feet from them – or any debris that could conceal them.

The public were also warned not to run away from downed power lines and instead shuffle away with both feet on the ground.

Customers should also unplug electronics or sensitive equipment to protect them from power surges before high winds hit.

The spokesman said customers could visit for up-to-date information about outages and for a downloadable storm safety guide.

Customers who need assistance should call 299-2800 or e-mail

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Published January 26, 2021 at 4:58 pm (Updated January 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm)

Belco warning as high winds approach

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