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Heavy rain and strong winds caused ferry and flight cancellations yesterday, along with flooding in several low lying areas.

A WestJet flight from Toronto to Bermuda was forced to divert to Boston this afternoon due to the harsh weather on the Island, while several other flights managed to land despite the challenging conditions.

Airport General Manager Aaron Adderley said: “Torrential rains caused several repeat landing attempts today at LF Wade International Airport due to low visibility conditions.

“United Airlines flight 1419 from Newark was able to land on its second attempt at 3pm having aborted its initial effort.

“WestJet flight 2710 from Toronto diverted to Boston after visibility conditions failed to rise above the airline's minimum acceptance limits on two landing attempts made during the height of the afternoon rain activity at 3.15pm and 3.35pm respectively.

“Delta flight 437 from New York LaGuadia landed safely on its second attempt following a brief let up in shower activity. All other scheduled flights arrived and departed as per normal.”

The inclement weather also caused the Department of Marine and Ports to cancel ferry service between Dockyard and St George's.

Several areas, including Woodlands Road, Bakery Lane and Cemetery Road suffered heavy flooding due to the torrential rain.

According to the Bermuda Weather Service, the rain and gusts of up to 70kph (38 knots) were brought on by a deep low passing to the south of the Island. The weather is expected to clear up today and tomorrow, although scattered showers are still being forecast.

Another low pressure system is forecast to approach the Island late Saturday, bringing more rain and gusts on Sunday.

Weather woes: Trash bags, and wind breakers was the order of the day as some motorcyclists were caught out by the rain yesterday.
Weather woes: Trash bags, and wind breakers was the order of the day as some motorcyclists were caught out by the rain yesterday.

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Published September 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 26, 2013 at 11:55 pm)

West weather causes flight and ferry cancellations

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