All public schools will be closed for the day on Monday (June 6), but Government services will begin operations at 1pm, following the anticipated passage of Tropical Storm Alex.
In a statement released this afternoon, National Security Minister Michael Weeks “convened an Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) to get the latest update on the storm”.
“With the formation of Tropical Storm Alex, hurricane season has begun in earnest. During the meeting all relevant EMO agencies confirmed that they were mobilised, ready and prepared,” said Mr Weeks.
“Currently a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect. The latest forecast at 6pm, shows Alex’s closest point of approach to be some 67 nm to the NNW of Bermuda at 10am Monday,” he added.
“According to the BWS, the island can expect to experience the onset of unsettled weather conditions from late tonight into Monday.
“Tomorrow morning, Tropical Storm Alex is forecast to have sustained 50 knot winds and will impact the island as it passes.
“Therefore, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public safety, Government services will commence at 1pm tomorrow, following the passage of the storm.”
In addition to the one-day closure of all Government schools, “public transportation – buses and ferries – will be suspended tomorrow morning”.
Based on the latest advice, the Minister stated that due to the approaching storm, the Ministry of Transport advised of the following flight cancellations for tomorrow:
- AA2830 (MIA)
- AA825 (PHL)
- AA2044 (CLT)
Travellers were urged to contact their respective airlines for more information.
“There will also be hazardous surf and rough seas tomorrow associated with TS Alex. Therefore, public beaches will be closed to swimming due to dangerous rip currents,” said Mr Weeks.
“As a public safety measure, the Department of Parks have put up dangerous surf signs along the public beaches.”
The Causeway remains open and will continue to be monitored.
The Minister also “stressed that now that Hurricane Season is upon us, this is the time for the community to prepare for what weather forcasters are predicting will be a very active few months”.
To assist residents in getting ready, homeowners and business should consider doing some of the following:
- Inspect and ensure their roof, windows, shutters, and doors are in good order and make any necessary repairs.
- Review their family hurricane plans and update them with any changes to phone numbers and other important information.
- Take stock of all medical prescriptions their family and pets require and ensure you have at least two weeks supply on hand.
- Check their hurricane kit(s) to make sure they have working flashlights, a portable radio with spare batteries and a stock of non-perishable food to last for seven days.
- Ensure their home insurance policy is up to date.
- Visit vulnerable neighbours and ask them if they need any help with their preparations.
It was also noted that today’s EMO meeting had in attendance representatives from key agencies such as the Bermuda Weather Service, Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, the BTA, Public Works, Ministry of Education, the Cabinet Office and Government House.
The EMO will continue monitor TS Alex’s forecast. And if there are any significant changes to its track, the EMO will update the public accordingly.
For updates on this storm system visit www.weather.bm.
Top Feature Photo: Minister Weeks with National Disaster Coordinator Stephen Cosham