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Expect Power Outages this Weekend

Thumbs down to a weekend of rechargeable fans!

For those of you who are on island currently or plan to visit this weekend, you can expect rotating power outages thanks to our completely inept power company.

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) announced the rotating outages Thursday afternoon, blaming “unforeseen circumstances.” They went on to say it’s due to “inclement weather and low fuel inventory.” Isn’t it their job to make sure we have enough fuel? Ugh.

It looks as though we will have rolling outages every six hours from Friday through Sunday. The outages will last two hours each time.

St. John has two feeders – 7E and 9E. The neighborhoods on each feeder are listed below:

(The asterisk beside Cruz Bay, East End and Centerline Road indicates that the feeder is split among the two feeders.)

Feeder 7E will be off from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 12th through April 14th.

Feeder 9E will be off from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. April 12th through April 14th.

So what can you do? Ask if your accommodation has a backup generator. If not, ask if they have a flashlight, rechargeable fan, etc. If they don’t, I’d recommend running to the store tonight or tomorrow and bringing one with you. Most of us live off of cistern water, which means that you cannot use water without power. So that’s another thing to think about.

It’s going to be a longgggggg weekend!

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