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Stormy weather: A wave crashes on a rock at Devonshire Bay today as the weather begins to worsen.
Stormy weather: Power lines hang close to the ground on North Shore Road, outside Devonshire Dock after high winds hit the island overnight. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
An area of low pressure is hitting the island, bringing rain and high winds. (Bermuda Weather Service satellite photograph)

Bermuda experienced high winds and rain overnight and this morning after a low pressure system passed close to the Island.

The Bermuda Weather Service’s 6am marine forecast said a deepening low pressure was passing close by this morning, bringing showers, brief gale force winds and storm force gusts.

Winds were northerly and 30 to 40 knots with gusts to 45 to 50 knots, especially in exposed or elevated areas, the BWS said.

They deep low pressure began to move away this afternoon, bringing more settled weather and winds of 20 to 25 knots, easing to 16 to 22 knots later this afternoon and evening. Scattered showers are expected.

A high pressure is then expected to move in, bringing more settled weather with weakening winds through much of the coming week.

Overnight, winds reached a high of 33 knots gusting to 49 knots, according to BWS weather observations.

Several power outages occurred overnight. About 150 customers in St George’s and 50 customers in St David’s lost power at 3am.

About 17 customers in the Tulo Valley area of Pembroke lost power around 9am. All areas bar a few isolated customers in St George’s had their power restored by 2.30pm.

This has been corrected to give the correct sustained winds and gusts overnight.

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Published March 08, 2021 at 9:09 am (Updated March 08, 2021 at 7:13 pm)

Island hit by high winds

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