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Hurricane Larry warning issued by Belco

Running repairs: a Belco lineman tackles hurricane damage (File photograph)

The public was today warned to take precautions and prepare for hurricanes.

Power firm Belco and the national security minister were speaking as the Bermuda Weather Service said Hurricane Larry did not present a threat to the island at the moment – although they warned that could change.

Krista Barnes, Belco’s director of communications and sustainability, said: “Forecasters are calling for Hurricane Larry to pass close to Bermuda, potentially as a major Category 3 to 4 hurricane late next week.”

The firm added it had activated its crisis management team, who were meeting regularly to monitor the storm.

Ms Barnes said: “Assets will be put in place before the arrival of the storm so that once it has passed, any restoration efforts can proceed quickly and efficiently.”

Wayne Caines, the president of Belco, said: “Having been through several major hurricanes during the last few years, I am confident that our crews are ready to assist once the storm has passed.”

He told the public: “Please ensure they have access to areas they need to work to repair damaged power lines so that power can be restored to all our customers as quickly as possible.”

Mr Caines was speaking as the Bermuda Weather Service said today Larry’s closest point of approach was expected to be about 900 miles south east of the island around noon next Monday – although forecasters warned it could come closer to the island after that.

Renee Ming, the national security minister, said the public should “remain vigilant”.

She added: “This continues to be a very active hurricane season.

“For our part, the Ministry of National Security will continue to provide updated and relevant information to the public on impending storms.”

Ms Ming said people should use the holiday weekend to:

•Make any repairs around their homes

•Trim trees or any overhanging branches back

•Review family plans and update them with changes to phone numbers and other important information

•Take stock of all medical prescriptions that family and/or pets need ensure at least two weeks supply is on hand

•Check hurricane kits to make sure they have working flashlights, a portable radio with spare batteries and a stock of non-perishable food for seven days

•Make there is a supply of disposable utensils

•Stock up on baby and children’s items – food and liquid formula, diapers and wipes – if needed

•Ensure there is cooking and heating equipment and fuel

•Consider having a portable cooler or ice chest

•Make sure mobile phones, tablets and laptops are charged and have wireless chargers available

•Check with vulnerable neighbours and ask them if they need any help with their preparations

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Published September 03, 2021 at 1:19 pm (Updated September 03, 2021 at 1:50 pm)

Hurricane Larry warning issued by Belco

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