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Storm forecast: Heavy downpours, sustained gales

The Causeway is to remain open throughout the stormy weather anticipated as a result of Tropical Storm Sean.

The Bermuda Weather Service today advised the Island had been issued a storm warning.

Based on that forecast, residents should expect “sustained gales, periods of heavy downpours and thunderstorms with a risk small hail”, said BWS director Mark Guishard.

Storm-force wind gusts of up to 60 knots will occur intermittently, with the weather conditions expected to begin tonight and last into tomorrow morning, Dr Guishard added.

Said a Government spokeswoman: “As a public safety precaution, the Ministry of National Security is advising motorists, particularly cyclists who are travelling about the Island this evening to use extra care and caution when traversing the Island’s roads and bridges.”

Continued the spokeswoman: “The Ministry advised that there are NO plans to close the Causeway. However the bridge will be closely monitored.”

Residents have been advised to monitor weather reports and updates for changes and to secure outdoor furniture, potted plants, garbage bins and any other items that could be blown about by the wind.

Tonight’s British Airways flights are expected to leave and depart on time.

Said a BA spokeswoman: “British Airways flight BA 2233 to Bermuda has left London and is due to arrive in Bermuda just before 6pm.

“Outbound BA 2232 to London is due to depart on schedule at 8.05pm. Of course these flights will depend on no serious deterioration in

the weather.”

Government announced earlier today that American Airlines flights scheduled out of LF Wade International Airport tomorrow, would instead leave tonight.

Tomorrow’s flights to New York and Miami were brought forward to avoid the effects of Tropical Storm Sean, a spokesman said.

“The Department of Airport Operations has advised that both American flights (MIA and JFK) will arrive this evening as per normal 7.45pm and 8.25 pm respectively.

“However, both return flights will also depart this evening, each approximately one hour after arrival, as opposed to tomorrow morning. Passengers will have been notified by the airline.”

Residents can get the latest weather information on CableVision channel four and Wow channel 100. They can also log onto www.weather.bm.

Persons interested in updates can dial 977 for the public forecast; 9771 for current observations; 9772 for the marine forecast and 9773 for the latest warnings and tropical information.

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Published November 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm (Updated November 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm)

Storm forecast: Heavy downpours, sustained gales

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