Feature Photos by Linda Mello

Public schools and government offices reopen today as the island’s bus service resumes this morning in the wake of Hurricane Teddy’s impact on the island.

Speaking after the latest Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) meeting held after the storm on Monday, National Security Minister, Renée Ming said the ferry service will resume later today at 3pm.

“The Emergency Measures Organization has given the all clear and residents are free to move around the island with caution,” she said.

She confirmed that the Causeway was reopened on Monday afternoon, after it was deemed “structurally sound” by structural engineers from the Ministry of Public Works.

The LF Wade International Airport reopened at 7am this morning.

The Minister also stated that there were two areas without power “in Pembroke with 165 customers and Hamilton Parish with 27 customers”.

“Belco crews are currently working to restore service”, she said.

The garbage collection schedule resumes today as well and “will be normal for the rest of the week”, she added.

West end residents were advised that their garbage, due to be collected on Monday, will be collected on Saturday.

All public waste facilities will reopen today.

“Public Works has identified two locations where there are obstructions in the road. They are South Road, near John Smith’s Bay and Barry Road in St George’s.

“The current state of the surf is hampering efforts to clear the roads. Crews will remove the sand and debris as soon as the winds subside. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution in these areas.

Joined by Ms Kelly Trott of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Team and the Director of the Bermuda Weather Service, Dr Mark Guishard, the Minister said the decision to shut down the island on Sunday night and Monday “was not taken lightly”.

“As with all hurricanes there is a level of unpredictability. That was the case with Hurricane Teddy,” said Ms Ming.

“The decision taken to shut down the island was necessary to ensure there was no loss of life; this is always the goal under occasions of uncertainty.

“Erring on the side of caution and yielding to common sense will always be my mantra.”

The Minister also urged residents “to be very careful as the landscape on all of our beaches has changed”.

“Many of you would have seen the many pictures and videos circulating showing damage to so many parts of our coastal regions,” she said.

“Exercise extreme caution when visiting those areas as I know there has been significant damage in many areas.

“I have seen the pictures of people playing in the surf. While there is a level of thrill and excitement I must urge everyone to exercise caution. The waves and current are strong and there is the potential for people getting into difficulty. I urge everyone to stay out of the water,” she added.

“This has been an active hurricane season, but we are smart and resilient people here in Bermuda. Please continue to exercise common sense.

“I extend my gratitude to the essential workers of the EMO and other agencies who worked overnight. Many leaving their homes and family members to serve our country.”