BELCO: Philippe Preparedness And Advice

October 4, 2023 | 6 Comments

BELCO today advised that preparations are being made for Tropical Storm Philippe and offered advice for property owners in advance of the storm.

A spokesperson said, “BELCO’s Crisis Management Team has been convened to coordinate preparations ahead of possible impacts from Tropical Storm Philippe and will continue to meet frequently until the storm has passed.

“As a reminder, the public can take the following actions to ensure their safety and allow BELCO crews to carry out any required restoration work safely and efficiently:

  • “Safety first! Always assume a downed wire is live. Never approach a downed wire, try to move it or touch it.
  • “Reporting outages: customers with AMI meters will already be logged as having an outage. Other customers are asked not to call to report an outage until BELCO has asked you to do so.
  • “Remember, before the onset of high winds, ensure you unplug any appliances, electronics or other sensitive equipment.

“While the time for tree trimming prior Tropical Storm Philippe’s arrival has passed, customers are reminded that the most important action residents can take to prepare is to ensure trees on their property are clear of power lines.

“During the high winds from the three previous storms impacting Bermuda this season, Hurricane Franklin, Tropical Storm Idalia and Hurricane Lee, most outages were caused by foliage and loose debris hitting power lines. Ensuring that trees on private property remain 10 feet away from power lines is the sole responsibility of property owners. Property owners can call [295-5111] or email [] three weeks In advance to schedule a power shutdown in order to trim safely.

“If Bermuda is impacted by Tropical Storm Philippe which results in power outages, restoration crews start work as soon as it is declared safe to do so and continue until every customer has had power restored.

“The public can get storm preparedness advice and updates on any outages on BELCO’s website and social media pages on Facebook and X [formerly Twitter].”

BELCO President Wayne Caines said: “Bermuda has certainly had a busy storm season this year and the latest forecast from the Bermuda Weather Service is for Tropical Storm Philippe to possibly strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane and pass directly over the island on Friday.

“Our team at BELCO are well prepared and closely monitoring the storm and our Crisis Management Team will be meeting frequently until the threat has passed. Once the storm has passed, BELCO staff certainly appreciate the patience and understanding of the public as we work to get everyone’s power restored as quickly and safely as possible.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    The message should be for Belco to be prepared. To have power outages for what are pretty normal winter storms, Bermuda has been let down. Never had the outages in the past that Bermuda has had in the last year, despite the in your face increase in bills.

  2. Mr. Rich says:

    Good to see BELCO’s PR team knows how to provide storm preparedness advisories, but they chose to give 1-day notice via FB for the HUGE rate increase.

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    “BELCO today advised that preparations are being made for Tropical Storm Philippe …”

    That is great news. At the risk of being selfish, does that mean that the overhead wires where I live are being placed underground?

  4. Otrwe says:

    This is not an excuse for Bermuda”but”.
    This ridiculous and obvious price hike is happening everywhere and fyi dummies out there that keep listening to mainstream media lies. This not the falt of Russia like many have been led to believe.Just look around the world and see for yourself that this is a planned global agenda. Just like C… D. There is no reasonable explanation on the planet for a sudden 50% mark up. put away your emotion and think.
    Pay attention dummies. Fight if you want but no one is stopping this!

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