Bermuda Awaits ‘Very Active’ Hurricane Season
Officials in Bermuda are anticipating a “very active” hurricane season ahead as Tropical Storm Alex moves further into the Atlantic Ocean.
Speaking Monday afternoon during a government press conference, Bermuda’s Minister of National Security, Michael Weeks, said he was “pleased to note” that the storm system was moving on.
After checking in with emergency personnel, Weeks said one person had required medical attention to treat a “storm-related injury” incurred in the storm cleanup. That person’s injury was non-life-threatening, Weeks added.
The island was bustling back to life in the storm’s wake, with all government systems up and running by Monday afternoon. Of the estimated 800 customers who had been without power Monday morning, Weeks said only 38 were still awaiting power by Monday afternoon.
Addressing updates from the transportation industry, Weeks said some ferry services would resume Monday afternoon, and the international airport was already operational again, with flights expected to arrive later in the afternoon.
An update on bus routes would be provided following necessary Department of Public Transportation inspections, Weeks said. Meanwhile, schools will reopen for in-person learning on Tuesday.
Weeks thanked Bermuda’s residents for following weather advisories, noting that storms remain “unpredictable.”
“One thing that we can say about any storm system is that it is unpredictable,” Weeks said. The decisions we make are done to ensure the safety and the protection of our community, particularly our most vulnerable. And so, as the minister of national security, I would rather err on the side of caution than make any decision that could put any member of our community in danger or in harm’s way.”
Weeks went on to note that Tropical Storm Alex arrived just days into the start of hurricane season.
“Tropical Storm Alex is an extremely timely reminder that hurricane season is upon us,” he said. “And now is the time to make sure that we are ready and prepared for what weather forecasters predict will be a very active next few months. Please take steps to ensure you and your family, home and property are protected during this hurricane season.”