Lightning zaps CUC customers

Several lightning strikes were recorded on Grand Cayman in
the overnight hours between Friday and Saturday as strong storms rolled through
the island and continued drenching downpours into the evening.

Those storms and the lightning they produced were blamed
for major power outages across the island early Saturday.

Caribbean Utilities Company crews were able to restore
power quickly after a bolt of lightning apparently struck their main generation
station on North Sound Road.

A statement from the power company released Saturday
morning indicated that there had been multiple lightning strikes.

“This outage was caused by severe lightning strikes to our
system,” CUC spokesperson Pat Bynoe-Clarke said.

Power was still out to some areas of Bodden Town and
Breakers early Saturday, according to a CUC voice recording at its main office.

The company later said that most power to Grand Cayman
should have been restored by 6am.

There was no word immediately regarding the extent of the
damage to CUC’s infrastructure from the lightning strikes, if any.  Royal Cayman Islands Police said they were
kept busy in the hours after the outage, performing business checks and
responding to alarms.

Police reported making a “significant” burglary arrest
overnight while the power outages were still affecting the island.

Two men in their mid-20s were arrested around 4.30am in
possession of jewellery and a laptop. Police said the items appeared to have
been taken from a home on South Church Street.

Police said the residents were home at the time, but didn
not realise the suspects had gotten in.