Tropical Storm Philippe Approaches Bermuda Urgent Preparations Required

The Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) convened today to assess the evolving threat posed by Tropical Storm Philippe, which is forecast to directly impact Bermuda on Friday, 6 October.

Minister of National Security Michael Weeks emphasises the importance of preparedness and reminds residents that storms can be unpredictable, especially in their intensity and impact on our community.

Minister Weeks stated: “I urge all residents to take Tropical Storm Philippe seriously. Storms of this nature can bring unforeseen challenges, and we must prepare accordingly. Please be prepared by Thursday evening, secure your homes, and stay informed.”

The EMO provides the following important information:

  • Tropical Storm Watch: A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Bermuda. Tropical Storm Philippe continues to pose a significant threat to our island, and it is expected to pass directly over us on Friday, 6 October.
  • Closest Point of Approach: Within the next 72 hours, Tropical Storm Philippe is projected to come within 31 nautical miles of Bermuda at 12 p.m. on Friday, 6 October.
  • Current Location and Movement: As of the latest 6 p.m. advisory from the Bermuda Weather Service, Tropical Storm Philippe is 585 nautical miles south of Bermuda, moving north at 11 miles per hour. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, gusting to 51 miles per hour.
  • Mariners and Swimmers Caution: We strongly urge mariners to take all necessary precautions for rough seas on Friday, 6 October. Additionally, we advise all swimmers to stay away from the water during this time for your safety.
  • EMO Meeting Tomorrow: The EMO will convene again tomorrow afternoon, when substantive decisions regarding the storm’s impact will be made. Following the EMO meeting, the public is urged to stay vigilant and listen for tomorrow’s advisory.

Minister Weeks added: “We understand the concerns of our community, and your safety is our top priority. Please take this opportunity to review your family emergency plan, secure outdoor objects, and gather essential supplies.

“Stay informed through official channels and continue to monitor updates from the Bermuda Weather Service, Bermuda’s official weather authority.”

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