Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on Bermuda

After the lashing we took last Saturday from Tropical Storm Fay with its hurricane force winds,  we are now facing the imminent arrival of Hurricane Gonzalo which is a Category 3 and is headed more or less straight for Bermuda.  This is a major storm and we are expecting tropical storm/hurricane force winds for 27 hours starting later today (Thursday) so it is likely that we will not be updating our website much more, and are likely to be without power for some time, possibly for several weeks.

CLICK HERE for updates from Bernews on Hurricane Gonzalo, and CLICK HERE for updates from the Royal Gazette.  We hope that everyone in Bermuda stays safe.

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#2 Tony Laughton 2014-10-18 08:11
To ALL we know and care for, in Bermuda. Keep your heads down and stay safe! Hopefully you will suffer neither a lost roof nor a spilt drink! from Tony and Yvonne Laughton.

Editors note - Many thanks Tony. Have literally just been re=connected to power and to the internet. That was one hellish scary hurricane. By far the worst I've seen in the past 50 years, but we have all survived with no major damage, although lots of folks have lost their roofs, and there are trees down everywhere.

The airport re-opened at 5pm this evening. The Causeway suffered very minor damage is has re-opened.

Fortunately for some us, especially those on the South Shore, the worst winds came almost directly out of the east, and after an incredibly long period of calm as the eye passed over (almost 90 minutes which is scary), we had winds directly from the west. It meant that homes in the east and west were worse hit than elsewhere in general, but the South Shore did not take the usual pounding, and for those who remember Mickeys restaurant at Elbow Beach Hotel which ALWAYS gets flattened, it apparently survived with barely any damaged thanks to those high windows travelling across the South Shore instead of direcrly into it.

Best wishes to all.
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#1 Mike Caulkett 2014-10-17 09:40
Jill and I are thinking of all friends and ex-colleagues living in Bermuda as this powerful hurricane approaches the island.
With very best wishes to all
Mike

Editors note - Many thanks Mike. Have to say this is the biggest hurricane I've ever seen heading directly this way. Should be at its worst between 6pm and midnight tonight (Fridat 17th October). We will no doubt be without BELCO power for days if not weeks in some areas.
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