Government notified parents early this afternoon that schools will close tomorrow, while the Causeway and the airport will stay open.
This after a meeting of the Emergency Measures Organisation executive to assess Tropical Storm Philippe’s impact.
At last check, Philippe’s closest point of approach to the island was forecast to be 94 miles to the west of Bermuda at 2pm tomorrow, with maximum sustained winds of 51mph, with gusts to 63mph.
The Government advised:
• Schools: Bermuda public schools will be closed on Friday, October 6, out of an abundance of caution and will reopen on Monday, October 9.
• Causeway: The Causeway will remain open and will be closely monitored.
• Government services: Government offices will open on Friday as per normal.
• Emergency shelter: The emergency shelter at CedarBridge Academy will be open to any resident who needs it from 9pm on Thursday, October 5.
• Airport operations: The LF Wade International Airport will be open on Friday. Travellers are urged to contact their respective airlines to learn of any flight cancellations.
• Public transportation: Bus services will run normally on Friday. Ferries on Friday will be suspended, with the exception of the Pink Route, which will operate normally. The Disney cruise ship will depart today, as expected, at 5pm.
• Trash collection: Friday’s garbage collection will be deferred until Saturday for collection. Residents should refrain from putting out garbage Friday night.
Minister of National Security, Michael Weeks said: “The Emergency Measures Organisation has considered the conditions associated with Tropical Storm Philippe.
“We can expect increased winds and a wet day as a result of significant rainfall.
“Residents should ensure their preparations are complete by this evening.
“I know that people will want to be near the sea and out on the road this evening and Friday.
“However, I strongly urge against non-essential travel on our roads on Friday.
“Please exercise care and caution on the roads. If you don’t have to be on the roads on Friday, then please remain indoors.”
A government spokeswoman added: “The public can expect to see unsettled weather conditions later today. And Philippe will bring high seas, long periods of swells and hazardous surf, including rip currents.
“People are strongly advised not to enter the water during this time.
“Lifeguards have suspended operations at Horseshoe Bay Beach.”