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Causeway to remain open for now, Govt

There are no immediate plans to close the Causeway because of Tropical Storm Maria.

Government announced today that the storm's conditions would be monitored closely to see if a decision should be made to close the route to traffic.

The storm's closest point remains around mid-morning tomorrow, when it is expected to be around 130nm to the Island's West, a spokeswoman said.

“Although current forecast conditions would not warrant a closure, the winds and conditions on the Causeway will be monitored closely throughout tonight and tomorrow.”

She continued: “South Southeast winds of 35 to 40 knots are expected, starting around dawn tomorrow morning, and then continuing to affect the morning commute. With winds forecasted of up to 45 knots affecting the western Marine area, the Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning.”

Wave heights are not expected to reach 20 feet outside the reef (2-4 feet inside the reef), and there is no large storm surge expected. Rip currents and significant wave action on the South Shore beaches are expected, as the Island has seen with recent passing tropical systems Jose and Katia).

Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief warned motorists to use caution when travelling on exposed, wet roadways.

He also reminded residents of the need to be prepared.

“Bermuda, please do not be complacent. We have been lucky thus far, but there is still a ways to go. The hurricane season doesn't end until 30 November.”

Residents should have a hurricane preparedness kit and also familiarise themselves with the Emergency Measures Organisation (www.emobermuda.com), Mr Perinchief said.

“The EMO carefully assesses what is happening before, during and after a hurricane and will take any necessary decisions that are in the best interest of the residents on the Island. It is important for residents to understand that information disseminated from any other source is not official.

“In Bermuda, we all know how easy it is for incorrect information to spread. However, I must emphasise unless it comes from the EMO, it is not deemed official.”

The EMO is also on facebook, www.facebook.com/emoBermuda and twitter, www.twitter.com/emoBermuda. Radio listeners can also tune into the Emergency Broadcast System at 100.1 FM.

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Published September 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm (Updated September 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm)

Causeway to remain open for now, Govt

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