Tropical storm force winds continue in the wake of Hurricane Lee after the Category 1 system impacted Bermuda overnight, and now churning across the Atlantic.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the local area as conditions gradually improve as Hurricane Lee continues to race away from the island to the north.

Forecasters at the Bermuda Weather Service say gusty tropical storm force winds from the south-southwest will gradually decrease, then finally become moderate west winds overnight.

Rough seas, swells and dangerous surf continue to pound the south shore, before they begin to diminish, bringing blustery showers to start and brighter skies later.

Winds will be south-southwesterly with gale force gusts to storm force, veering southwesterly strong by afternoon; then west-southwesterly moderate to strong by this evening.

Meanwhile, at last check there were just under 5,000 residents without power.

In person services at Government Offices will resume at noon today, to allow crews from the various sections to assess and remove debris.

The Causeway remained open overnight as far as we know.

Ferry services will be suspended until an assessment has been made this morning and communicated to the public.

An assessment of bus routes will be carried out first thing this morning as well.

Residents are urged to please stay off the roads while work crews conduct the necessary cleanups and assessments.

There will be no change to garbage collection services as garbage collection was collected as normal on Thursday.

The Ministry of National Security and the EMO will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.