Schools Closed Until Monday as Hurricane Lee Approaches says W&E Minister Col. David Burch

As you will be aware, we convened an Emergency Measures Organisation
Executive meeting at midday to get the latest on Hurricane Lee.

Based on this latest update, I want to share some additional information
regarding public and emergency services as we prepare for Hurricane Lee.
I will also provide some critical information regarding the cleanup and assessment activities following the passage of the storm.

I cannot stress enough that we must all take this storm seriously. In that regard, and in the interest of public safety, I am urging residents to move about the island cautiously, particularly on our roads.

As it relates to public services, at this stage, here’s what I can advise:

• Government services will be operaing per normal, tomorrow, September
14th. On Friday, in-person services at Government Offices will resume at
noon to allow crews from the various sections to assess and remove debris.

• The Causeway will remain open, and will be closely monitored by the
Ministry of Public Works.


Public schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday out of an
abundance of caution.

• Ferry services will be suspended tomorrow, and an assessment will be
made on Friday morning and communicated to the public.

• Buses will run according to their normal schedules tomorrow until 5.30
p.m., when bus operations will be suspended. An assessment of routes will
be carried out first thing on Friday morning.

• We are urging people to please stay off the roads so that our works crews
can do the necessary cleanups and assessments.

• Concerning the LF Wade International Airport, flights will be suspended
from 12 noon tomorrow – with the exception of tomorrow’s British Airways
flights to and from the island, which are expected to proceed as scheduled.
Passengers on other flights should check with their respective airlines.

• The Government shelter will not be opened.

• There will be no change to garbage collection services

• Garbage collect on will be collected as norma on Thursday, but please do not put out your trash on Thursday night. Wait for an announcement on Friday morning.

The Parks Department has posted high surf warning signs along our public
beaches and parks.

Lastly, I understand that our community has been through a lot with back-to-back
storms, and I want to acknowledge the fatigue and concern many of you may be
feeling right now. Going through serious storms can cause anxiety.

Our resilience is our greatest strength. I encourage our community to come
together and support each other as we navigate this latest storm. Monitor the Bermuda Weather Service, the official authority for storm updates, on

You can also follow the Bermuda Government social media planorms to get the best possible facts for Bermuda’s weather condisons.
Finally, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to all our member agencies
in the EMO for their tireless work and dedication.

To all of Bermuda – please continue to stay safe, and take care of yourselves and
one another.

The Ministry of National Security and the EMO will continue to provide updates as
more information becomes available.

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