At approximately 1pm yesterday [Aug 16], during a thunderstorm passing the vicinity of Fort George, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre sustained a severe lightning strike, hitting the operations building directly and damaging some of their equipment.
A spokesperson said: “This has had a serious effect on our stations telephones, radio communication equipment and Computer systems.”
Video of a lightning storm in Bermuda in July 23 2012:
“We have technicians working diligently onsite and full repairs are in effect to enable all our equipment is brought back on line as soon as possible,” the spokesperson continued.
“Bermuda Radio will keep mariners advised of our equipment status using Notice to Mariners, broadcast during routine schedules, this information can also be accessed using our website, www.marops.bm linking through “Mariner Warnings”
They are expected to issue an update once the station is back to normal operation. Last month an insulator on a utility pole was struck by lightning, causing a traffic jam after the Swing Bridge in St George’s became temporarily stuck.
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