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Larry slips on by - but BWS warns hurricane season continues

Storm watch: People observe nature’s wrath at Warwick Long Bay as Hurricane Larry passes the island (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Hurricane Larry brought Bermuda grey skies and strong winds but left the island mostly untouched as it grazed the island yesterday.

The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane before it passed about 170 miles to the island’s east at 3pm.

Larry boasted sustained winds of 92mph yesterday, but the Bermuda Weather Service said that recorded winds on the island peaked at about 50mph in exposed and high areas.

But the storm brought rough seas, with the cargo ship Bermuda Islander reporting waves of more than 20ft to the island’s east.

A Belco spokesman said about 6pm that no storm-related power cuts had been reported.

Mark Guishard, the director of the Bermuda Weather Service, said the track of the storm had been “very well forecast” by the US-based National Hurricane Centre with a “tight cluster” of potential tracks.

He added: “This has given Bermuda a great heads-up for this system.

“The steering flow was firmly-established and therefore well-modelled a full week in advance.

“This predictive skill has been accomplished with supporting observations provided by weather stations regionally, hurricane hunter flight reconnaissance crews, modelling centres and satellite programme teams around the world, not to mention our own local team here at the Bermuda Weather Service, who have been here on site 24/7.”

But Dr Guishard warned that not all tropical systems could be predicted with the same level of certainty, so the public needed to remain vigilant for the rest of the hurricane season, which finishes at the end of November.

He said: “Bermuda historically has had 80 to 85 per cent of all its storm activity in the months of September and October, so our active part of the season has only just begun.

“Thankfully, there is nothing that gives us major concern in the next few days – Tropical Depression Mindy, currently moving off the US East Coast, is thankfully forecast to dissipate by Friday evening.”

A tropical storm warning was still in effect for the island last week as Larry drifted northeast away from Bermuda.

A small craft warning is expected to be posted today as conditions are expected to remain hazardous.

A spokeswoman at the St Regis Bermuda in St George’s said the hotel had handled its first hurricane since opening well and that no damage had been reported.

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Published September 10, 2021 at 8:03 am (Updated September 10, 2021 at 8:03 am)

Larry slips on by - but BWS warns hurricane season continues

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