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Flights and ferries hit by strong winds

Gale force winds forced the cancellation of flights and ferries yesterday but the weather is expected to improve today.

JetBlue cancelled its incoming and outgoing New York flights, with an airline spokeswoman telling

The Royal Gazette it was due to strong winds on the Island.

“We expect to return to normal tomorrow,” she said, adding that all passengers from the cancelled flights had been rebooked to travel today.

Aaron Adderley, general manager at LF Wade International Airport, said: “The JetBlue flights to and from New York’s JFK were the only flights cancelled today due to the strong cross winds.

“The airline will operate a larger aircraft tomorrow to accommodate those affected by today’s cancellation.”

Some pink route ferries were suspended due to the inclement weather. A Ministry of Transport spokesman said all pink route stops were affected, except for Salt Kettle, and would remain so until the weather improved.

The green and blue ferry routes ran as normal.

The winds prevented a crude carrier from berthing at the oil docks in St George’s, according to a duty officer at Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre.

The Denmark-registered

Nord Princess, bringing fuel here from the Bahamas, arrived here on Sunday afternoon but has had to wait off Murray’s Anchorage in East End until the wind dies down.

The duty officer said the 182-metre long ship was expected to be able to berth this afternoon.

“It’s just a safety thing,” he explained. “It just has to sit until the weather improves. Obviously, it’s a big ship and there is a lot of windage. If the wind was blowing it off, it might be dangerous.”

Bermuda Weather Service said the gale force winds with gusts to storm force were expected to ease today. Another cold front is forecast to arrive tomorrow evening, bringing more strong winds and a few showers by Thursday.

Useful websites: www.bermudaairport.aero, www.weather.bm and www.rccbermuda.bm.

Paget ferry Coralita battles her way bay to wards the Ferry Terminal Darrells Wharf, Belmont, Hodsons Ferry, and Lower Ferry destinations were canceled due to the strong waves and wind that dominated the Hamilton Harbor Monday (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published February 21, 2012 at 8:41 am (Updated February 21, 2012 at 8:41 am)

Flights and ferries hit by strong winds

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