Lightning strikes and equipment damage caused power outages throughout Grand Cayman over the weekend and Monday morning, according to the Caribbean Utilities Company.
On Friday, equipment damage to a pole on West Bay Road caused a power outage from about 4 p.m. until it was restored shortly after 6 p.m., the company reported.
On Saturday night, another power failure in George Town district lasted almost four hours, from 9:45 p.m., and affected Snug Harbour and a swath of Seven Mile Beach.
Shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday morning, a lightning strike affected two feeders, leading to outages in Bodden Town and South Sound, as well as in the Grand Harbour area and on Shedden Road and Smith Road, according to CUC’s corporate communications manager Pat Bynoe-Clarke.
Ms. Bynoe-Clarke said the utility company’s protection systems operated as designed after the lightning strikes to safely isolate the affected areas until repairs were performed.
Grand Cayman experienced lightning, thunder and heavy rainfall as a tropical wave passed over the island on Sunday night, bringing 0.33 inches of rainfall.
Weather forecasters predict that more downpours are likely later this week as a second tropical wave is expected to pass through on Wednesday.
CUC has a scheduled outage planned for Wednesday in Raleigh Quay, off Peninsula Avenue, at Governor’s Harbour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CUC recommends that residents prepare in advance for power outages by having an emergency kit ready with flashlights with extra batteries, matches, candles with holders and a battery-powered radio.
The company advises that to avoid damage to electronic equipment and appliances following a power outage, and to reduce the load on the electricity system when power is restored, people should unplug electronics and appliances, such as televisions, computers, microwaves and stereo equipment. It also recommends users turn off cookers, washers, dryers, and air conditioning thermostats.
The company advises residents to call its 24-hour fault reporting number on 945-1282 to receive outage information, or to report an outage, downed wires, trees or broken poles.