Minister of National Security, Michael Weeks will meet, once again, with the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) later this morning (Sept 8) to get the latest information regarding Earl.

Following that meeting a further update will be provided to the public.

A spokesperson for the Ministry said last night that Earl’s anticipated closest point of approach to the island will be 12am Friday (Sept 9), when it’s forecast to be some 99 nm ESE of Bermuda.

As of 6pm, the storm was located around 350 nm south of Bermuda, moving north at 7 knots and continues to be monitored closely.

Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate later today and continue into the early hours of Friday morning.

As a public safety measure, the Department of Parks posted High Surf Warning signs along the south shore beaches, from John Smith’s Bay to Whale Bay yesterday afternoon.

Signs have been also posted at Clearwater, Turtle Beach and at Cooper’s Island. In that regard, beach goers should still use extreme caution should they choose to swim along the south shore.

The Parks Department continues to assess sea conditions and will provide updates as the weather develops.

While Minister Weeks noted that public services will be operating per normal today, the EMO will be meeting in the morning to assess the latest track of Hurricane Earl.

Following that meeting Minister Weeks will update the community regarding any changes in services. The Minister also advised that he will share information with local media partners in scheduled interviews today at 8.45am and at 1.30pm.

Photo: Virtual EMO meeting chaired by the Minister of National Security, Michael Weeks. Also seen, Steve Cosham, National Disaster Coordinator and Acting Permanent Secretary Lt. Col. Ben Beasley.

As a reminder, to help residents in getting storm ready, they should:

  • Make any small repairs around their home.
  • Secure outdoor furniture.
  • Review family plans and update them with any changes to phone numbers and other important information.
  • Stock up on any medical prescriptions that your family and pets require and ensure you have at least two weeks supply on hand.
  • Check your hurricane kit to make sure you have working flashlights, a portable radio with spare batteries and a stock of non-perishable food to last your family for seven days.
  • Ensure your house insurance policy is up to date. 
  • Check on your vulnerable neighbours and ask them if they need any help with their preparations.

Residents are encouraged residents to stay abreast of ‎updates regarding Hurricane Earl by visiting any of the following:

  • Televised weather updates: One Comm Ch. 4 and WOW Ch. 100.
  • Government’s Emergency Broadcast station is on 100.1 FM.
  • Government Facebook – @BermudaGovernment
  • Facebook.com/bermudagovernment
  • Government Twitter: @BdaGovernment

Twitter.com/bdagovernment

  • Government Instagram: @BermudaGovernment

Instagram.com/bermudagovernment

  • Government WhatsApp: 441-504-6045

Chat on WhatsApp with Government of Bermuda: https://wa.me/14415046045

  • Government Youtube: @CITVBermuda   youtube.com/user/citvbermuda