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Lights to go if Hurricane Matthew gets too severe - JPS

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 10:13 AM

The island's sole electricity provider, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), says it may be forced to shut off the power supply if Hurricane Matthew gets too severe.

According to JPS, "its power system is built to withstand and operate throughout some hurricane conditions, (but) if the conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew are severe, it may become necessary for the company to shut down some or all of its power plants and transmission and distribution network".

The utility provider explains that "every hurricane is different, so JPS has to monitor the circumstances associated with the hurricane and respond accordingly. It is therefore difficult to predict if, and when, the power is likely to be turned off".

It says the public will be advised via the electronic and social media if a decision is made to shut off the power supply.