The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has been deactivated and work for the public service has resumed, Acting Governor David Archer, Jr has said.
He said the decisions above were made after consultation with Premier Andrew Fahie following the passage of Tropical Storm Karen.
The Acting Governor said: “I give the ‘all-clear’ now and formally deactivate the National Emergency Operations Centre. I am therefore re-opening the public service at regular work hours. Similarly, school staff and students should report to their campuses at normal school hours.”
He continued: “So far, we have seen that ground seas have led to debris along our coastal roadways. We have also seen some power outages in some areas. Based on the preparation done over the past few days and the efforts put in by the restoration crews last night and at daybreak, I believe that the remaining works can be completed quickly this morning.”
Continue to be ready
Archer Jr said despite the ‘all-clear’, residents should continue to be prepared.
“Although Karen may be moving away, this does not mean that we can stop being ready. There is still the possibility that the weather conditions in the area will be unstable for a few more days as the system’s outer rain bands move away from the area,” the acting governor said.
“We continue to monitor a very active Atlantic Ocean. Please keep an eye on these conditions as we remain vigilant for the remainder of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially ends November 30th,” he added.
Back to normal soon
In the meantime, Premier Fahie who also addressed the nation via a public statement said a full state of normalcy will return to the territory soon.
“I am aware that some areas are without electricity. As a reminder, the team at the BVI Electricity Corporation advised us that areas which present hazardous conditions will remain off until conditions are safe for the crew to address them. We want to ensure their safety as they complete the restoration process,” Fahie said.
He also urged residents to continue to be vigilant as they return to work and school today.
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