The Grand Bahama Power Company has announced that it will shut down its generating system at 9 a.m. local time on Thursday, effectively cutting off electricity to all customers.

This is to protect the system from the impact of the predicted high wind gusts of Hurricane Irene and to be in a position to begin restoration efforts as soon as possible after the storm passed.

The company said that in order to keep their staff safe, they will not be able to respond to any outages until after Hurricane Irene had passed.

The company said: “Immediately after NEMA issues the all clear and we begin our assessment and restoration efforts, we will provide regular updates and estimated restoration times and information as available.”

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