Hurricane Fiona continues its track towards the island and is a threat to
Late this afternoon, we convened an Emergency Measures Organisation
meeting to get the latest update on Hurricane Fiona.
I can advise that the Bermuda Police Service, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the Parks Department, the Ministry of Public Works and BELCO are ready for this storm.
The EMO will be meeting again tomorrow morning when key decisions
will be made, depending on the latest forecast concerning public
services. Now is the time to be finalizing your preparations.
We are anticipating that Fiona will cause some issues for those living in
low lying coastal areas who have had flooding in the past. So please, we are urging these residents to take the necessary safety precautions.
As far as Thursday is concerned, we are assessing public services including public schools, Government Offices, and buses and ferries.
As I noted, specific decisions regarding these services will be announced following tomorrow’s EMO meeting.
Based on the projected forecast, and with the weather expected to significantly deteriorate Thursday evening, we expect that businesses that are open in the evening hours will likely be affected.
So we are encouraging businesses to make any necessary plans in preparation for Hurricane Fiona. Overall, my key message to the public, is to prepare.
Bermuda will be impacted by strong winds associated with this hurricane, so please use the next 48 hours to get storm ready.
In respect of the airport and flights, an announcement will be made on
Thursday. Travellers should contact their respective airlines to stay abreast of any
As we’ve heard from the Bermuda Weather Service, we can expect high
surf conditions over the next few days.
Our Lifeguards within the Department of Parks will be monitoring our beaches and will be putting high surf signage along public beaches.
Please keep out of the water. There will be dangerous surf conditions.
A specific note about garbage – there will not be trash collection on Friday. This includes recyclables.
Bermuda, my closing message is this – every storm is different. And by their very nature, storms are very unpredictable.
Bottom line – make sure you have the necessary supplies for getting
through Hurricane Fiona.
This includes having enough food and medicine on hand; securing your
homes, property and boats; having enough water; and most of all
checking in on our neighbours, and vulnerable people to ensure that
they are prepared and able to get through this storm.
My next update to Bermuda will be tomorrow afternoon. But until
then, please stay safe and please take care of one another.
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