The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is prepared to both restore service and protect its facilities if Typhoon Francisco heads back to the CNMI, according to CUC executive director Alan Fletcher.
“If we do get hit by a major storm there will be power outages. The key, of course, is how extensive the damage is and how quickly we can restore service to customers,” Fletcher told Saipan Tribune yesterday.
He said service restoration is no small task and that CUC’s power, water, and wastewater crews “who are out in a stormy weather solely to help the customers” deserve thanks. “This is often hazardous work that requires great skill along with dedication.”
Fletcher noted that due to worker and public safety concerns, crews will wait until conditions improve to begin work restoring power and other services.
Due to heavy vegetation in the CNMI, he said, CUC crews often have to clear a path before work can begin, so patience is a must.
“Thus far, CUC has fared from earlier in the week, although we did experience some localized outages on Tuesday,” Fletcher said.
Typhoon Francisco is expected to head west of the Marianas and its nearest approach to Saipan and Tinian is Friday afternoon, according to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Guam.