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- Tornados in Bermuda
  • From: "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:52:47 -0700
Hello All
Its so distrressing to read of all the deaths in our sister Islands as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  I pray things are soon made comfortable again for all those who have been displaced or lost loved ones. Here in Bermuda we have had gusty breezes and some rainbands passing through.
This morning in Somerset there was a tornado touch down that did some damage but no lives were lost.
It is with  sense of horror I am watching the path of Sandy as she heads for the East Coast. I have family and friends all along that coast. I can only pray for their safety and everyone elses.
Still got a month left this season.. it needs to hurry up and end quietly!!


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- 20:00 Tues 16th Rafael update.
  • From: John Moore <jmoorebda at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:04:27 -0700 (PDT)
At the height of the storm about now. Wet and windy (25kts?), but like a winter evening. The ideal storm so far - fills the tanks, but not cut-off power. An hour ago my favourite tree still held it's 100+ avocados... There will be exceptions, overall (fingers crossed) very managable. Rafael's impact will diminish now, so no updates planned. J

- 16:30 Tues 16th Rafael update.
  • From: John Moore <jmoorebda at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:45:30 -0700 (PDT)
So far Rafael's a non-event. Offices and Government were all open today. About half of the flights were cancelled. Rafael's now about 160 miles away and will come within 110 in the next 4 hours. Steady rain all afternoon, tree-tops moving but just a pleasant breeze. South Shore has been making a lovely noise for the last 24hrs. I'm high but reasonably sheltered, casual guess is 15-20kt winds, maybe 25kt occasional gusts. Very similar to Leslie not so long ago. Hopefully will not increase too much, and we don't lose power. http://www.weather.bm/ a few minutes ago say tropical storm force winds, soon. J

- Tropical Storm Rafael
  • From: Cordell W Riley <criley at link.bm>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:52:11 -0300
Tropical storm Rafael is now expected to come closest to Bermuda at about 8pm 
this evening.  Businesses and government have indicated that they will close 
early at 4pm (just 10 mins from the time of this email.) Schools will have been 
out before then so there was no need to close them early.  Right now it is 
relatively calm with only light rain.  It was reported on the news that there 
was one power outage but the electric company had the problem rectified within 
30 mins.  I will keep you posted.


- bye bye Leslie
  • From: "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:02:59 -0700
Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes. Leslie passed as a much weaker tropical storm for which we are grateful. On my drive to work today there were a few bits of debris on the road. The power was restored to most places yesterday. I am a school principal so we went in today to make sure the building and facilities would be safe for the children tomorrow. Everything is great!! School starts officially tomorrow after a two day delay!
The skies had cleared and the winds dropped by mid morning.
We had a couple more really heavy down pours today which is great. Our rainfall was over a foot less than it should be so we are always grateful for  rain.
I note with interest another wave rolling off the African coast... it looks to be a fish storm but none of these storms are playing by the rules!! We will remain on gaurd :).
Have a great evening


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- Gone now
  • From: meta davidson <metadavidson at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:55:15 -0300
What a difference a day makes
Lovely out.  made even better by the fact Leslie didn't trash our island trees 
all still standing and not too much to clear up.  poincianas  golden shower  
still have flowers on    
We have  had some short plentiful rain showers today to wash away the salt
In all we were lucky once again..

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- TS Leslie... not bad at all
  • From: "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 08:42:56 -0700
Good afternoon
At the moment we are having a rain band and I can hear the rain pouring into my tank which desperately needed it. One side was empty. I have a few avocado pear leaves in the yard right now .. the pears are still on the tree for now. The garden snails are having a field day sliding around in the rain. So far so good. Some reports say the closest point of approach has passed others says its around 3:30 this afternoon.  Considering what we were looking at three days ago for potential bad weather we are blessed! We'll stay inside and hopefully tomorrow the sun will be visible again. Schools are closed tomorrow but teacher will go back in to make sure no damage was done to classrooms. So the kids got two extra days off. School will start in full force Tuesday. Will post again later tonight.


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- Leslie 11.45am
  • From: meta davidson <metadavidson at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:06:53 -0300

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Lickin in from the NW.   Much rain.  Thankfully not hurricane force but we know 
she is there.
Stay safe 

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- Leslie
  • From: "Marion Dyer" <mdyer at myhome.bm>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:59:47 -0700
Hello Caribbean Friends
Its been a while since I posted. Tropical storm Leslie is lurking nearby. At present its overcast but still hot .I live in the Shelly Bay area but  can not see the sea from the house. I was out earlier and the Northshore was calm. People were swimming. The south shore had some beautiful waves crashing onto the rocks and beaches. We haven't had any rain bands here yet.
We are all ready in the event that things get bad. This storm has been quite the staller and last notification had it coming a little closer.
Will keep you posted as things progress.


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- woops
  • From: susan thomas <sargassosue at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 07:56:48 -0300
Just realized I accidentally attached a pic of my daughter and me as she went off to her first day of kindergarten yesterday AM.  :)   sorry!   But we are kinda cute... no?

- Leslie... lets get a move on already. sheesh.
  • From: susan thomas <sargassosue at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 07:49:33 -0300
well.... here we are....  still waiting.  During the past few days Leslie has jogged a bit to the east which is very good news.  She also has been downgraded a bit but could intensify as she moves over less upwelled water.  The sea has been rough but other than that there is nothing to report.  We expect deterioration of conditions today.  I am attaching some pics I took last night on the south shore.  I hear Jim Cantore and his crew has arrived.   Welcome back Jim!
I will post more later as things get start to get ugly.

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- Boarding Up........
  • From: susan thomas <sargassosue at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:30:44 -0300
Not good.   Not good at all.  My husband is currently outside with the neigbors getting all our boards out of storage and hoisted up to our balconies.  Mentally he is shutting down on me.  Being a good wife today i bought all his favorite kinds of ice cream.  As i sat out by the pool today with my friend and the kids, the ocean was roaring in the background.  Sunny skies still ... but its coming...   inch by inch.   we check into the hotel on Sat.  They didnt want to take me.  I had to present myself at the front desk and I came very close to begging (ok ok i DID beg).  
My daughter has just turned 5.  She has no clue whats going on and she keeps asking when the thunder will start.  Im trying to explain that sometimes we get storms with lots of wind etc etc....  but she doesnt really understand.   Im going to try to keep her as occupied as possible and try not to makr things seem too scary.  (that means lots of ice cream for everyone!)

- Leslie - soon come
  • From: susan thomas <sargassosue at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 08:45:48 -0300
Well, it looks like we are staring down the barrel of a cat 2.  Usually we wont board up for a cat 1... but a cat 2 i think will warrant some protection for our south shore exposure.  I guess i could live with a cat 2 if it was just wind and rain but im hearing this particular beast has the likelyhood of lots of embedded tornados.  We lost part of our roof during Fabian when tornados popped up.  It was very scary.  The pressure drops fast, your ears start popping, it sounds like a freight train and you cant see out because you are boarded up. 
I went to look at the sea last night.  Its already very churned up and rolling.  Dangerous surf signs are posted and I expect by tomorrow we will be under an official watch.
For those of you that have followed me for a few years on this board you know my husband has a mental issue with storms. So far he seems ok... I told him today i was going to check on our insurance and he kinda twitched but he agreed it was a good idea. 
will post later today as I am sure the masses will be starting to go bezerk and stock up on rum and batteries.

- Message from Bermuda.
  • From: Keith / bdaweather <bdaweather at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:41:21 -0700 (PDT)
Monday September 3rd 2012 17:30 local ADT

Once again I am writing to talk about a pending hurricane. 

Its amazing how this little 22sq mile island can attract Atlantic hurricanes so frequently recently, sure we have had storms passing this way and that way but never have we had so many very close or even direct hits like we have had in the past 10 years or so. Seems like I am writing about a hit or near hit every year.

All the storms last year came this way one formed right over us no major hit or major close calls.. In 2010 we had Hurricane Igor passing very close and and giving us minimal hurricane force winds for almost 12 hours.

Now in 2012 we have Leslie presently a very strong tropical storm but she is expected to intensify into at least a C1 hurricane passing Bermuda presently forecast to be Saturday late morning. This track is still very much subject to change as we are still 4 to 5 days off. If it does go east then it would be better as usual the heavier winds would be on the storms east side and it would appear that she will be moving at a good speed so should be out of here by late Saturday into Sunday. The present satellite picture shows a lot of weather with this storm and as predicted she is very large in size. There is a buoy 41049 to the south of Bermuda which should get this storm long before us so it will be interesting to see the conditions there as of writing this the pressure was dropping and wind was gusting to 21 kts. I try to emphasize the tornado factor with a storm this size it appears to be a lot of thunder and heavy rain and as you know with a tornado you cannot prepare or prevent this is my biggest fear in these storms. Sporadic tornadoes were the major factor in our direct hit C3 Hurricane Fabian September 5th 2003.   

If you were here in Bermuda today you would not suspect any inclement weather was on the horizon  its been a beautiful day here actually the humidity is lower then normal for this time so its dry and clear with a temperature in the mid 80s. Certainly not the weather feeling for a pending hurricane but still quite a distance to our south so plenty of time for a weather change. 

Thats about it for now there is no widespread rush for supplies or panic and no warnings posted just the high surf beach warning and the fact that Leslie is a potential threat. Its a public holiday here today for Labor Day.  So its still very much a wait and see situation as Leslie is going to stall to our south middle week before being pulled northward again hopefully north eastward.

Have a nice day everyone best wishes from Bermuda


- Leslie
  • From: susan thomas <sargassosue at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:05:52 -0300

I dont know what the hell this storm is going to do... one minute its left, one minute its right... guess ill just have to wait....

- Checking In
  • By susan thomas <sargassosue at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:04:36 -0300
TAP TAP TAP........ Is this thing on?   Cause I think im going to have a lot to say this year.

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