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- End of Season tomorrow ......Finally
  • By "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:18:05 -0800
Storm Carib Family.. it looks like we have made it to the end of this rather unkind season. I pray that those people still fighting back from the effects of this year will manage to get back to a place of comfort. Bermuda has been blessed in that our damage from Igor was minimal and we have bounced back pretty well. I have friends all across the Caribbean and know that they have not been as fortunate. I know as a member of the Teachers Union here we are trying to raise funds for those islands affected by Tomas last month. I am hopeful our contribution can help somewhere.
I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!! Till next year God willing


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- Bermuda Update
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:02:45 -0700 (PDT)

21:00  local  29/10/10. 

Subject: Tropical Storm Shary.

Been a rather pleasant day had a few squalls go through but mostly sunny  no problems from Shary whatsoever some increased surf on the south shore but rather calm at present. The local forecast was for increased winds this evening but so far this has not occurred. 

Now forecasting a CPA 50 miles SE at 22:00 local with strong winds at that time. Barometer currently 29.75 inches and its just light breeze. Just standing by at present to see if we get any wind later this evening which I doubt. 

So as it stands right now all is well with nothing to report from this rather late and unusual tropical system in the west Atlantic. 

Hopefully Tomas will not be a major problem to the islands in the south east Caribbean. 

Best wishes to all stay safe.


Happy Halloween Weekend

The photo is of a lowly surfer surfing the tropical waves of Horseshoe Bay Beach today. Very rare to see surfing here in Bermuda. Its only when there is tropical surf that you see this activity.

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- Tropical Storm Shary
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 02:11:11 -0700 (PDT)
Good morning from Bermuda. Tropical Storm Warning issued for Bermuda October 29th 2010.

As amazing  as it sounds for this time of the year its correct Bermuda is today under a tropical storm warning for expected passing of tropical storm Shary sometime overnight tonight.

TS Shary is expected to pass close east tonight presently she is only in the 40 knot range but expect to gain strength today so by tonight could be 50/60 mph. By midday Saturday we should be in a cooler air from a cold front moving in from the west also, taking Shary with it north east. 

So a little breezy tonight into early tomorrow.

I said a few months ago that this was one of the most strangest hurricane seasons in the Atlantic that I remember and its still marching along. It looks like the Caribbean islands may have a hurricane next week with what looks like now to be Tomas next on the list. 

Have a nice day everyone.

- beach repairs
  • By "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:10:55 -0700
Hello from Sunny Hot and Humid Bermuda.. its almost 90% humidity and we are all melting. The power company as of this morning had only 19 homes left to reconnect. They have done and amazing job in a short time. The parks dept are busy  fixing the beaches. This website has some amazing shots   http://bernews.com/2010/09/photo-report-beach-repairs-after-igor/       of how they are doing it. 
Things look amazingly quiet from Cape Verde  thanks goodness!! I am hoping TD 16 does not cause too much confusion in our sister islands as he heads north.
few more weeks to go.. what a season!!


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- We are blessed... good biddance Igor
  • By "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:19:31 -0700
Hello from Bermuda... we have been blessed with minimal damage .. mostly trees and beach erosion. Power is being restored quickly. I had to recharge everything. I have attached a few photos from today. Personally I only lost my avocados.. about 90 of them all over the ground.. so I am giving them away to any one who wants some.  The beach erosion was quite impressive. I have attached a couple of photos and the final one being the moon as it rose over a much clamer south shore tonight. Thank you so much storm carib family for all your prayers and support. A special thanks to Celeste in Barbados who regularly sent me updates I could open on my blackberry as all other forms of communication needed electricity. Lets hope the season gets a little less exciting for all of us. Till next time  Marion


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  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:09:49 -0700


SOMERSET, Bermuda (Sept. 20, 2010) – After sustaining approximately 24 hours of tropical storm and hurricane force winds, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda, emerged from the storm this morning with reports of no injuries among guests and staff, no major structural damage and only minor landscaping and cosmetic cleanup to do. Winds were caused by Hurricane Igor, which struck the island yesterday and early this morning, Sun. – Mon., Sept. 19 - 20,

Cambridge Beaches is currently fully operational, with clean-up efforts virtually completed by 3:00 PM today.

According to Michael Winfield, president & CEO of Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, the resort was well prepared for the storm. “Bermuda’s building regulations are tougher than almost anywhere else,” he says. “Cambridge Beaches structures are made of solid stone and are able to stand up well against hurricanes and storms such as Igor.

“We expect that most areas will be cleared today, so guests will have access to as many of the resort's facilities as they want and can continue to enjoy a wonderful and peaceful Bermuda vacation,” Winfield adds.

Throughout the storm, Cambridge Beaches maintained full electrical power. The resort experienced minimal damage from the storm and expects all to be restored to normal by early this evening.  Damage reports include small amounts of debris that had washed up along the shores of the property’s eastern beaches; minor damage to the deck and tiles of its outdoor pool; loss of a floating dock; slight water damage in a couple of guestrooms and horticultural debris around the property.

“We were very fortunate that no one was hurt, and property damage was minimal,” Winfield comments.

With guest safety a priority, Cambridge Beaches’ management team had put its hurricane procedures plan in place 96 hours in advance of Hurricane Igor to ensure the property was well prepared to accommodate its guests during the storm.  In addition to safety precautions, the resort had a full activity plan in place for guests’ entertainment including a Dark N’ Stormy party in the resort bar, in honor of the popular Bermuda drink made with Black Rum and Ginger Beer.  With outdoor restaurants closed for the storm, Cambridge Beaches had an earlier than usual indoor dinner service to assure guests returned safely to their cottages before the worst of the winds struck the island. Other than that, resort stays were relatively uninterrupted and guests were able to spend the night securely and comfortably in their private cottages.

For more information and updates please visit www.cambridgebeaches.com or call 1-800-468-7300.

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network

- The After PaRtY !!!
  • By susan governale <susan_governale at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:06:46 +0000
WOW!   did we get L U C K Y !!!   after a harrowing night I can report there is very little serious damage to the island and there are NO reported Igore related deaths or serious injuries.  We ventured out from the hotel this AM and drove to our house.  No roof damage!!!  The island is just a mess with horticultural debris.  The air is humid and smells like cedar and spice.  Pretty much everyone is still without power but it is slowly being restored and I hear the causeway connecting St Georges and the airport to the rest of the island has reopened.  I think a combination of luck and lessons learned from Fabian have helped the situation.  There were some seriously flooded areas but I hear the water in those areas is receeding rapidly.  We also stopped at Elbow Beach and I can confirm much of the beach has been washed away and what had been a sloping dune is now a sheer cliff.
Water seeped in through one of the doors to our house and it STANK inside as a carpet in our living room was partially wet (not a big deal just smelly).  Fortunately we have one more night at the hotel.  No idea how long we will be without power.  during our travels this AM we did see a few downed or swaying poles.  My daughter is napping and my husband is with friends at the bar in the lobby. 
All in all I am very grateful.

- The Day After Igor
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:32:59 -0700 (PDT)
Oh boy what a past 24 hours Hello everyone from Bermuda the day after. 

Sunday started with rain squalls and east wind by noon day the wind was picking up and by 2 pm the wind was now coming out of the SSE it got progressively worse the rain got harder and the the wind grew stronger by 5 PM it was in the 60 mph range off course higher in higher elevations and on the south coast. It went on and and on no let up in sight. I had lost power early in the day for about 30 minutes our power company done a great job but by 3 PM they stood down because the weather was getting to dangerous. So anyone who lost power after that would have to stay out until the weather got better. I lost power again around 4 PM so was without power until 10 this morning only because it was a main circuit. There are still thousands here with out power so most will be back tonight there will surely be some smaller areas that will be out for a few days. Around 11 PM last night all hell let loose the wind seemed to double but I had only recorded 72 mph which is nothing to Fabian the last hurricane this one just kept on going it would not stop my barometer kept dropping all day and at around 12.30 AM this morning it started a slow rise from 27.79 ins. The wind was now more southerly but I could see lightning bursts in the western sky. Stayed awake all of the night my worst nightmare having a hurricane passing in the dark of night. Every thump or bang and you are wondering what is it. Well it calmed down a bit at 2 PM until around 5 AM today now the wind is WNW all of a sudden it came up again like Igor was coming back I was now reading over 50 mph did not last long I understand it was an eye-wall band that formed  right over us.
There were no major damage reports some boats breaking their moorings and lots of tree damage and flooding that came with the high tide at 10 PM last night no major injuries. This morning the wind is still strong from the NW with heavy squalls earlier but since then its been quite sunny sure need it to dry out the wet and the 100% humid conditions that come with tropical systems. Igo is well north now and changeing from a tropical system to a major north Atlantic low center this is why we are still in the 30 mph wind. 
I do want to give you if you don't have it already a local news site which have some good coverage of the storm and all the damages etc. bernews.com 

Thank you all for your kind words of support we surly appreciate it so nice reading your messages from all over the world and answering a few questions where necessary. 
While Igor was not as powerful as Fabian 7 years ago Fabian lasted around 6 hours Igor now was over 15 hours. I just kept on say when is this going to stop?

Have a nice day everyone take care and I hope the rest of this wild and crazy 2010 hurricane season ends soon without anymore stories like this being told.


- Igor
  • By "Cordell W. Riley " <criley at cwbda.bm>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:18:31 -0300
As far as Bermuda is concerned, Igor is now history. Thankfully, it failed to live up to expectations although it did cause damage. I awoke to the sounds of chain saws indicating that trees were down and that the clean-up had begun. Public schools will remain closed Monday and Tuesday but some businesses, such as grocery stores, which had planned to stay closed today have decided to open. The 23 people treated during the storm only had minor injuries and I later learned that they were not due to the storm. There have been no reports of fatalities. Up to 70% of the island lost electricity. For the most part, residents headed the advice given and thus emergency crews were able to quickly begin the restoration process.

- Igor Sun 720
  • By John Moore <jmoorebda at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 15:39:37 -0700 (PDT)
As daylight fades at The Peak, all is secure. It's gotten progressively wild 
out there, wind howling (rather rumbling) constantly. but not Fabian. Lots of 
branches and small limbs down, no trees so far. Fingers crossed. Just 2.5 hours 
to the peak, and Igor seems to be slightly weakening and moved a little West. 
CPA forty odd mls west at 10. Hope the rest of the island is faring as well as 
the Peak.now a refreshment - cold coffee or warm beer ?

Stay safe, Bermuda


- Igor
  • By "Cordell W. Riley " <criley at cwbda.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:27:01 -0300
The island's medical facilities have reported that 21 people have been treated for storm-related injuries. They did not indicate if any were life-threatening. As darkness now falls in Bermuda, the storm has weakened and is now expected to pass some 47 miles to our west around 10pm, so we are not out of this as yet but so far the impact has been less than expected.

- Hurricane Igor
  • By "Cordell W. Riley " <criley at cwbda.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:05:49 -0300
The island's only electricity supply company has reported that nearly 50% of the homes on the island are now without electricity.

- 630 update
  • By mdyer at myhome.bm
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:35:15 +0000
The winds are strong and constant and heavy rain is sporadic where I am. The 
oleanders are bending so far over they look like they will touch the ground. 
There is an almost constant roar. I do not know if we are getting the hurricane 
force winds yet as I have had no power since 6 this morning. Funny there are 
still a few tree frogs singing..my guess is the worst is yet to come. Will try 
to send later. Marion
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- Igore Update
  • By susan governale <susan_governale at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 20:05:52 +0000
5pm ... reports of blocked roads, Belco crews are now not allowed to do any more work until storm passes.   Some 7000 without power.  I think our hotel is running on generator right now.  Fierce winds and lots of rain.  
 ... my daughter and I took an afternoon nap.  Upon waking my husband was gone.  I found him in the Kids Zone with his new BFF the maid.  SHe had changed into very serious exercise attire and they were playing another game of ping pong which actually caused my husbands t-shirt to be wet with sweat.  ugh.   A gaggle of children were cheering him on but he lost... again.    An 11 year old named Matthew pushed my daughter around in a wagon and then insisted i too go for a ride.  I inquired about the weight restriction of the wagon.  He said he was positive it could hold 250 pounds and he would not take no for an answer.  So I allowed myself to be pushed around the lobby in a wagon by an 11 year old red headed chubby cheeked kid.   yeah....   things are that bad.  
The bright side - they set up a cookie and scone table with coffee and tea.  It takes so little to make me happy even in a time of crisis.  Other good news includes a 6:30 dinner reservation at the hotel 5 star restaurant MEAL IS FREEEEE !!!!!!   (Did i mention i went to Sunday Brunch TWICE today?   I have no shame.)
I can see my daughter running through the lobby with a 8 foot inflatable palm tree complete with coconuts.   Must dash.  

- Ps
  • By "Cordell W. Riley " <criley at cwbda.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:31:51 -0300
Ps utility crews are now standing down and will continue their work after the storm has passed.

- Igor
  • By "Cordell W. Riley " <criley at cwbda.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:30:58 -0300
Igor continues to pound Bermuda but its intensity having eased somewhat since it is now a Category 1 Storm. Many trees are down and the local utility company estimates that at 4:15pm Bermuda time some 7,000 homes (out of 30,000) are without electricity. (We have ours). On the lighter side, a small Germain Shepherd has been rescued and its owner is being asked to collect it once the storm passes.

That's all for now.

- Igor
  • By John Moore <jmoorebda at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:09:41 -0700 (PDT)
Almost 2pm in Bda, Igor is for real. Heavy squalls and steady rain building all 
morning. Here at the Peak (all 83m of it) all is so far OK. Lost power at noon, 
suspect Belco pulled the plug as few flickers in advance, makes sense to avoid 
live wires coming down. At least we had power till then. Phone is still up, and 
Blackberry. Hatches were battened down yesterday, so now just wait it out. Only 
problem is Ants, hundreds of which want to be indoors  Some wild gusts going 
through, lots of small stuff and a few branches down, no trees so far. But 8 
hours to go till the worst. Last forecast I saw was 23m west at 10pm, 75 gusts 
to 95. Stay safe, Bermuda. J


- Hurricane giggle
  • By mdyer at myhome.bm
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 14:09:22 +0000
So I said to my eight old would you like icecream now for a snack? (The power 
has been out 6 hours) Her face was a complete puzzle. Is this my mom?? Then she 
quickly said yes! Followed by MOM can I really have ice cream? LOL children got 
to love them. 
BTW the wind and rain are getting heavier. It still looks like twilight 
outside. Later Marion
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- 12 noon report Bermuda.
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 07:43:45 -0700 (PDT)
Its Igor Sunday and its bad Right now lost power for 30 minutes cannot start generator with weather like this. 

Short note its rocking here now wind now ese continuous rain with heavy gusts of wind. Winds here are over 50 mph east then ESE. 

I will be now off line until the wind abates 

But I expect the main weather later on in the PM 

The Causeway that links the main island with St Georges and the airport is now closed.

Electrical power outages scattered over island but our power company crews are out there resetting circuits even as I write this. Off course when it gets hurricane force they will go standby.

Ok thats it for now see you all after the storm hopefully 

Good Day from Bermuda where its now officially  Igor Sunday. For sure as he is here. Sorry about the spelling or grammar no time for that right now.


- Midday update
  • By "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 06:21:08 -0700
So I had to drive back home to pick up some meds I left behind. The sky is grey and looks liketwilight outside. I made chocolate chip pancakes by candlelight for breakfast.The rain is constant and the wind is a bit stronger but still safe enough to drive in .(the car was fine.)The place I am staying has lost power but my house still has power go figure...the avocados are still on my tree.. I am hoping they have crazy glue attaching them as its the first decent crop for several year. The power company are working to put power back on as they can till this evening at which time safety will necessitate a suspension till sometime tomorrow. We completely understand and are grateful for them trying to sort it out now. I only have my bb right now at the house I am staying so will post as I can. Thanks again for all the international support and words of encouragement.


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- and so it begins
  • By susan governale <susan_governale at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:15:43 +0000
It is 10am Bermuda time and raining (sideways).  Reports of some power outages already but apparently crews are still working.  It is windy but nothing crazy yet.  The lights flickered once in the hotel which is a bustle of activity.  The kids zone is a real romper room as people try to keep their little ones busy.  The staff had puzzles set out on 4 tables.. my husband and I started to do one as our daughter romped about.  Across the room I caught her out of the corner of my eye dumping one puzzle box into another...  so now two 500 piece puzzles are in one box.  I corraled her and tried to explain that the puzzles have to remain seperate.  A few minutes later a staff member noticed the combined puzzles and she was pissed "Now WHO would dump these together???" she huffed.  She turned to me and exclaimed "Now I have to seperate these!!!  WHO WOULD DO THIS?"   I shook my head and raised my eyebrows in what i hope looked like sympathetic gesture of "some people just dont know how to control their kids".   Then my husband disapeared.   After searching around a bit I found him in a very heated game of ping pong with a very LARGE maid.  She whooped his ass which made me happy as he wasnt playing very nice with me last night. 
Whens lunch?

- Sunday 6 AM Hurricane Igor
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 02:18:33 -0700 (PDT)
Good morning  from Bermuda.

At 6AM local 0900GMT its a damp humid morning so far the wind has been in the gust of 30 mph  from the east. Barometer has fallen a lot during the night and continues to fall quickly. Presently 29.60 ins. Rainfall has only been 0.20 inches. All these readings are at my own personal  weather station. As I am located inland I am not exposed to the east winds. The St George area will be feeling the east winds the gusts there now are in the 35 knot range.

CPA is now moved up now 11 pm tonight I think it will be sooner then that. Also Igor looks to be a lot less intensive as it was few days ago. 
All is well here a few electric outages I would imagine in the east of the island. So far I do believe the highest toll will be the south shore beaches etc. The waves are coming ashore with such power really amazing the fury its a sight to behold. I have never seen the ocean so fierce before. So this why I believe after this we will have to wait for mother nature to return them to the beauty they once were.
So in a nutshell all is OK nothing major to report if it were not for the south coast ocean and the humid air it feels like a winter storm. Standing by for stronger wind from Igor to move in.   I will update later.

All the international news folks are on island along with the hurricane chasers and other special  hurricane news media. A good Bermudian welcome to them now don't be taking home any of that nice pink south shore beach sand please, we are temporarily losing enough from Igor. I trust that you will come back some time for a real vacation and not a working one. Good Morning to you visitors, and to all the visitors who have remained on the island to ride out Hurricane Igor along with us Bermuda Onions. Thanks for staying if you are here on your honeymoon then its perfect weather.

Best wishes for a good day to all. Good Morning from a humid damp overcast windy Bermuda.


- Hurricane Report from Bermuda
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:02:47 -0700 (PDT)
7.30 PM local 2230 GMT.

Hello everyone once again as reported earlier things are now starting to go downhill We have had our first band of showers go through about an hour ago. I ventured into Hamilton the capital this afternoon and by 4 pm it was basically a ghost town not many stores were still open as many stores closed early to allow their staff to tend to last minute chores in preparation for Igor tomorrow late night. Last report was the hurricane was due at 3 AM on Monday but as of Sunday early morning we will be having the beginning of the tropical force wind. The Bermuda Airport was closed this evening and will not officially open again until Tuesday after preliminary checks are completed. The last flight to leave was BA on the return trip to the UK around 5 PM. Usually this daily flight would be in and out 3 hours later but because of the approach of Igor they came in 3 hours early.

The Royal Navy has a frigate with helicopter stationed off Bermuda to assist if needed after the storm has passed. Thank you for that. I don't know how far away they are but the South Shore of Bermuda is absolutely amazing no words or pictures can portray the awesome power of the waves crashing on the shore. In some places its total white out with spray etc. There is a section of the South coast road in Smiths Parish that is always swamped by the ocean in times like this. This section of road was demolished with Fabian the authorities have closed this section to all traffic until after the storm.
I must say here at this point after we had Fabian 7 years ago the next morning I went outside to survey the neighborhood etc. at that time we had no outside communication even the Government radio station had gone down during the storm. Anyway that morning after it looked like an atomic bomb had fallen no trees with leaves etc just total calm then I heard this engine noise approaching and out of nowhere a US Coast Guard plane was flying overhead so low just clearing the remaining trees. With no outside information I remember saying What the hell has happened to Bermuda. So I hope we are not in that position again this time. 
Jim Cantorrie from the US cable Weather Channel is on the island broadcasting from one of our South Shore tourist hotels The Elbow Beach so if you have TWC you can see his reports there. But remember all Bermuda houses are very well constructed as I said its the possible tornadoes after the eye passes that does most of the damage. 

So we are hanging in there just waiting to see and feel Igor as he approaches Bermuda between now and early Monday I hope he speeds up a little more after passing so he can be out of here quickly.

Good Evening from a tense Bermuda on this Saturday night. ..


- Bermuda update
  • By "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:08:35 -0700
Good afternoon
Things here are going gradually downhill.. The wind is a bit stronger and I just had a small shower here in Hamilton Parish. My 8 yr old daughter and I took a drive along the South shore today. There were lots of people taking pictures. At 11 when we were out it was low tide.. good thing too the seas were amazing. Some homes and guest houses are only feet from the sea. I have attached some photos from this morning.. the last one is of a traditional Bermuda house with the blinds shut in the middle of the day. They are ready for the storm. The picture I took yesterday of the Carter house  was to show how strong our roofs are as Keith said its one of the oldest building in Bermuda. I pray it survives this storm as it will be taking the winds full force. Will post another picture after this storm.. hopefully it will still be the same. The first picture below is from Astwood Park.. which is one of our higher point... The second is horseshoe beach , the third taken along Southshore in Warwick one of the guest houses right on the beach.. see the building on the side. and the last two show the blinds we use to cover our windows...  The north shore of the island is relatively calm.
The birds are all quiet.. all we can hear is the leaves blowing. I will be leaving shortly to stay with a friend. So am  finishing packing up Thelise (Tayleese) and Marlee ( the dog). Iwill post from there as long as I can. WIll have a lovely view of the sea from a height... mixed blessing.. not like to get the sea in but prob get a bit more wind.
Be safe Bermuda!!


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- Waiting....
  • By susan governale <susan_governale at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:17:07 +0000
We are comfortably settled in the hotel.  My husband is setting up quite a command center for us.  It is currently 4:15pm and the skies are cloudy.  No rain yet. The south shore is wild and salt spray is already all over the place and will make things crusty.  My daughter is sleeping and im going to catch up on some reading.  Staff have told us an announcement would be made if we had to leave our rooms and go to a more secure area within the hotel. 
I need a snack.  

- 2pm Local in Bermuda
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:07:08 -0700 (PDT)
Good afternoon to everyone well its 2.pm here that would be 1800 GMT Saturday September 18th 2010

the sky has been getting darkened darker as the day goes on but still no rain showers the sun peeks through the clouds now and then. A brisk wind at present nothing fantastic, the pressure has started a decline again. I have not been on the roads yet but I understand that its a mad house at the local grocery stores and service stations I was told that yesterday some tempers flared at one service station with people cutting in line etc. Oh boy first time I have ever heard of that happening here. I also have been told that some of the service stations that sell the propane cylinders the type you use in the gas barbecue are sold out this is usually supplied by the local distributor I guess they will replenish supplies.
After C3 Fabian 7 years ago mostly everyone was without electric power so with refrigerators not working lots of people just fired up the barbecue and cooked everything before it went bad and invited neighbors from near and far to enjoy all this cooked food. 

That's the latest from here all is well very nerve racking I feel like I am waiting for the kettle to boil.

Have the rest of a good day everyone thanks for the notes of concern.

The local weather website is www.weather.bm  the official website of the Bermuda Weather Service complete with Doppler radar and a web cam looking east toward St Georges. 


- Saturday 9.30 am Local
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 05:59:21 -0700 (PDT)
A weekend hello from Bermuda on this Saturday morning. Its an overcast morning still very bright mainly high cloud with a brisk northeast wind I have recorded around 20 mph in gust off and on. We have not had any of the outer bands of rain come over yet. My barometer is at 29.90 inches it was slowly falling but seems to be steady in the past few hours. 
Looking at the maps and models etc. Igor appears to be pressing ahead on his mission. It looks like he will be a direct hit or just a tad to the west of us, which really won't mean anything because of his size. I believe he will be a C2 or maybe even a high C1 but don't take this as Gospel as this is one confusing storm to track. I still can't believe that this storm was on the GFS computer run on September 9th as being a direct hit on Bermuda and here we are 9 days later possible reality. I only informed a few friends back on the 9th because with all the errors in computer predictions that far in time everyone would have thought I was nuts. I did not believe it myself. Anyway since then I have been monitoring it going east west or over Bermuda and here we are today.
So presently its business as usual today but with most functions postponed tonight and tomorrow all Govt schools closed Monday and Tuesday all Govt. offices closed on Monday one of the major supermarket chains here open from 7 to 7 today but closed Sunday and Monday. Everyone is being advised to prepare for at least 24 hours of shut in. So to add a little humor here its like the song lyrics If you can't love the one you want, love the one your with. 
Thanks to all who have sent messages very encouraging and kind words we will do our best to keep everyone informed via CHN. I will update again later today and as long as we have the means to do so. If it gets really bad it may just be a few lines so bear with me here. But right now its OK as we await to see what the next 48 hours will bring.

Have a safe day everyone thanks again. I am sure Marion and Susan will update throughout the day. 

By the way Marion your photos from yesterday were great we have a uncle, a Bermudian onion who has been living in the UK for 50 years I sent them to him. So hard to explain the power of the ocean to people who are not here to see it but your picture said a thousand words. I don't know how the Carter House got in there for those who saw the picture its was one of the first stone structures built in Bermuda and still standing today as a preserved building.
I guess I better explain here we Bermudians are known as Onions I have no idea how it started before my time for sure but I assume its because long time ago we actually exported Onions and I think the term Bermuda Onion is still used in the kitchen.


- Getting closer
  • By "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:09:11 -0700
Good evening all
Thanks for all the support from afar. Igor is certainly making himself known. I took my 8 yr old for a drive this afternoon as she was just a baby when Fabian hit and has no idea what we are about to go through. She was amazed by the huge waves and I tried to explain how it will get worse. That trees and hedges we see now will not look like this on Tuesday. Poor thing she has no idea. The ERO announced today that schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. She was not impressed as she will miss her music classes.I am a principal so was relieved to hear the decision made so early. I pray we will be able to open next week. Folks here seem to be taking things seriously as grocery stores and gas stations were very busy all day. My last errand was to collect a bottle of Butterscotch liquer today .. it goes really well with apple cider on ice( taste like a caramel apple). So I am finally ready.
I have attached a couple of pictures taken on the south side of the Island about 5 pm today. The first is a view from an estate called Pokiok on the southshore in Smiths.
The second is of a stretch of road near John Smiths bay that was destroyed  during Fabian, The fence you can see was built afterwards. The third is a photo of one of the oldest houses in Bermuda with our Bermuda roof .. it has been around for almost 400 years and has the same roof. Its called Carter House. I pray is comes through this storm too.It will be in the brunt of the winds for Igor.
Tonight we have a beautiful half moon all sorts of clouds are skidding by... winds are cool and a little stronger than last night. The tree frogs are still singing lustily. Tomorrow is my sisters birthday..we are going for breakfast weather permitting in the morning.
Take care everyone... the season is not yet over.


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- Igor still closing in
  • By Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:02:51 -0700 (PDT)
First of all I want to thank all the folk who have sent me messages expressing their concern and good tidings with the approach of hurricane Igor. I wish to thank you all very much I think that they have been coming from all four corners of the globe. Never knew so many people far and wide was aware of this little rock in the middle of the Atlantic. I guess Igor must have known too for he has traveled all the way from the African coast to this 22 square miles really amazing odds I would say.

Hello everyone I have been going flat out all day I have some nice ocean pictures well I hope they are nice have not had chance to view them yet.. I think tomorrow will see a rather showerier day with the first bands of cloud and rain moving in before daybreak

All is well as can be expected here been a hazy sun day just a sprinkle here and there but getting warm and humid driving along the south coast you can see and taste the salt spray. the ocean is amazing I have not seen it that bad since Fabian 7 years ago, and Igor is still over 48 hours away.

More warning from the Government today including the Police etc there will be a portion of our Bermuda Regiment embodied for the duration and aftermath of Igor. So hopefully everyone is prepared and ready for Igor and his power. I have been hearing of lots of parties both before during and after. I hope everyone will stay aware of the situation and not have any unnecessary accidents because of to much of a good time.

I will send some pictures later from today and update on anything the other folks here have not.

Good Evening from Bermuda. 

- Bermuda Update
  • By susan governale <susan_governale at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:29:35 +0000
I can confirm after several loud honks of the horn that the cruise ship has left Hamilton harbor.  I bet the tourists waving goodbye to us locals were really thinking "HASTA LA VISTA SUCKERS!!!  WE ARE OUTTA HERE!!!"    One or two stores on the main street are starting to board up.  Now that the cruise ship is gone Im sure a lot more will start boarding up this evening.  Apparently there is an inbound flight on its way chock full of reports and media people coming to provide coverage to the masses.  So soon you should have some live feed of the approach. 
Work is a joke today.... no one is focused.   we all just keep looking at the models.  Skies are partly cloudy (by my definition), its warm and breezy.
more later.

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