Warning to expect gale force winds
Gale force winds are expected to blast the island today forecasters have warned.
The Bermuda Weather Service said that a “vigorous front” will bring sustained gale force winds with storm force gusts of up top 57.5mph. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are also expected.
The BWS website said a strong low pressure system was approaching from the west, bringing rain and isolated thunderstorms.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of National Security said that the public should take precautions and motorists “should exercise extra caution“ because of poor visibility.
The strong winds and thunderstorms are expected to last into the night.
The spokeswoman urged people to remain “vigilant and prepared,” and highlighted that hurricane season does not end until November 30.
In an update at 11.45am today on its Facebook page, the BWS said: “Bermuda is still under a Severe Weather Watch (downgraded from a Warning), valid through early this afternoon.
“Although the worst thunderstorms this morning have now gone through, some active cells may skirt the southern marine area. A Gale Warning and a Thunderstorm Advisory also remain in effect. Over an inch of rain has already fallen in some areas in the last 3 hours, as detected by radar (see adjacent graphic), and a gust to 50 knot was observed at the airport this morning. Stay safe Bermuda! www.weather.bm”