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The island experienced heavy down pour Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The island experienced heavy down pour. Pictured- Middle Road (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Radar-estimated Bermuda rainfall accumulations over a six-hour period ending 4:13pm on Thursday, July 8 (Source: Bermuda Airport Authority).
Calypso on Front Street (File photograph)

Firefighters responded to two incidents yesterday related to the heavy downpour.

Calypso clothing store on Front Street suffered flooding and there was also a fire in an electrical vault at the AS Cooper building, also on Front Street.

At 10.35am, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service received a report of the flooding to the rear of the Calypso store and six firefighters were able to pump out the water.

Then at 2.11pm, four firefighters responded to the fire incident caused by water entering the vault and making contact with electrical equipment.

A BFRS spokesman said: “BFRS ensured the fire was extinguished and the water was removed before the issue was corrected by technicians from Belco.”

According to the Bermuda Weather Service there was 2.25”, or 57mm of rainfall during the down pour which was recorded at LF Wade International Airport over a six-hour period ending at 4.13pm.

Estimates indicate that the south shore, from Smith’s Parish to Southampton, received the most rainfall with some amounts in excess of double the official measurement at the airport.

A spokesman for BWS said the heavy rainfall was due to a slow-moving trough crossing the island ahead of a front which remains to the north of Bermuda as it weakens.

He added: “The satellite and radar imagery show the bulk of this precipitation exiting to the east of the area, which also lines up well with most numerical weather model predictions.

“While an early shower can’t be ruled out into Friday, settled, sunny and humid weather will re-establish itself for the weekend.”

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Published July 08, 2021 at 6:04 pm (Updated July 09, 2021 at 7:43 am)

Flooding incidents on Front St

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