Despite lightning strikes that shut
down power throughout Grand Cayman in the early hours Saturday, Caribbean
Utilities Company reported that none of its equipment or infrastructure had
Multiple lightning strikes led to
power outrages across the island for several hours, with full power being
restored by 7am Saturday morning.
“The system was not damaged. It is
set up in a way that once we have a significant number of lightning strikes and
depending on the severity of the strikes, the system shuts down and that protects
it from damage,” said CUC spokesperson Pat Bynoe-Clarke.
“The safety system operated the way
it was designed,” she said of the electricity shutdown on Saturday.
Once the system shuts off, it takes
two and a half hours for power to be restored, she added.
Among the CUC locations struck by
lightning was its main generation station in North Sound Road.
CUC crews went to locations where
lightning strikes were reported. “Wherever they needed to go, the crews went,”
Ms Bynoe-Clarke said.