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Locals were mostly unconcerned with the arrival of Tropical Storm Gabrielle yesterday afternoon. While maximum sustained winds had increased to 50mph after the storm reformed, storm preparations were minimal for most hurricane-seasoned Bermudians.

Coolridge Eve, 45, said: “I'm as prepared as I can be. I'm got my shutters up. I looked at my shark oil this morning, it told me something was brewing up. How close it is? I don't really know, but I'm ready.”

Mr Eve, a painter, added: “No, no, I'm not worried. One thing about Bermuda ... Bermuda's a blessed place, you know what I mean. We've had storms, we've had hurricanes, and we always come out smiling. So we've got to give thanks for that.”

Carpenter Tony Bean, 60, said: “I'm not worried,” adding he made no preparations in anticipation of Gabrielle's arrival.

While waitress Aliyah Philpott, 19, said: “I haven't prepared for anything yet. I'm not worried though. I have a generator if I need it.”

Visitors Tom, 30, and Laura, 31, were glad to be staying in Bermuda two nights longer than they anticipated before heading back to the UK.

“We were meant to be flying back to London tonight, but our flight's been delayed until Thursday,” said Tom. “We don't mind staying a few more days despite the weather. British Airways is paying for the flight so we're fine.”

Raymond Levon, 39, said: “In terms of my preparations I just have to make sure there's enough water for my kids after I knock-off.” Asked if he was worried about the storm, Mr Levon, a kitchen porter, said compared to other storms Bermuda has faced, Gabrielle “is just a tease”,

“Nah, I'm not worried. It's just something slight, just a little breeze and some rain, won't be nothing serious. Fabian hit us hard. Fabian did the real damage.”

Coolridge Eve
Tony Bean
Tom and Laura from the United Kingdom
Aliyah Philpot
Raymond Levon

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Published September 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm)

Not much concern before the storm

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