Bermudians were preparing to receive a strong impact this weekend from Hurricane Leslie, however the weather system downgraded to a tropical storm and appears to be passing past the island without a significant impact.
The Causeway remained open throughout the entire storm, and BELCO said just over 800 customers across the island lost power due to the storm, however BELCO crews were out working and many customers have been restored leaving only 190 without power as of 2.15pm.
The airport closed from 9.30am until 4pm, with a Transport Ministry spokesperson saying all flights but British Airways were cancelled, and buses and ferries were also cancelled for the day.
At 12pm the Bermuda Weather Service said Tropical Storm Leslie’s closest point of approach to Bermuda had passed, while the U.S. National Hurricane Center said “Leslie has already made its closest approach to Bermuda and will slowly begin to move away from the island today.”
Click to enlarge photos:
- Photos/Video: Pre-Storm Waves On South Shore
- Photos: The Sunset Before The Storm
- Slideshow: Waves At Elbow, Astwood, Horseshoe
- Photos/Video: Surfers Out Pre-Hurricane Leslie
- Photo Slideshow: East End After Hurricane Igor
- Slideshow: Waves Crash at John Smiths Bay