CUC restoring power

The Caribbean Utilities Company is working to restore power to a number of areas throughout Grand Cayman that lost electricity due to wind damage from the outer-bands of Hurricane Dean.

Sacha Tibbetts, manager, Engineering Service for CUC said that 11 of its 23 circuits are out of power.

He said the CUC teams are on the road carrying out repairs and have restored power to some areas, but are being severely hampered by the still high winds associated with Dean. Mr. Tibbetts is however optimistic that full restoration could be achieved within 24-36 hours.

In the meantime, the CUC has warned residents to stay away from down power lines as well as those which are low hanging as this could be life threatening.

The following areas have been affected:

West Bay, Rev. Blackman Road (just beyond Anglin Road)

Battabano Road

The West Bay Police Station

The Shores

George Town

The Waterfront

Seven Miles Beach North of the Ritz

Cricket Square

Red Cross

Kirk Home Centre

Kirk Supermarket

North Church Street

Crewe Road

Eastern Avenue

North Church Street

Prospect from the end of Prospect to the beginning of Spotts all the way to East End

Savannah

Northward

Frank Sound

Pockets within North Side

All other areas in the districts listed above are with power.

Hurricane Dean was at its closest point at 6:00am today, at some 102 miles off Grand Cayman with wind gusts of up to 57 mph. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue through this Monday afternoon.

The curfew declared by the Royal Cayman Islands Police remains in effect and residents are urged to stay off the roads to avoid prosecution.

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