EMO Urges Residents To Prepare For Storm

October 14, 2012

The Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] today advised that Tropical Storm Rafael is forecast to impact Bermuda on Tuesday [Oct 16], and is expected to pass by us as a Category 1 hurricane.

Minister of National Security and Chairman of the EMO Wayne Perinchief said: “The latest forecast from the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) is for Tropical Storm Rafael to pass to Bermuda’s east on Tuesday, October 16th bringing storm force winds and rough seas.

“The storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane as it passes the island so I urge residents to be prepared and monitor the storm for any change in strength and direction.”

Minister Perinchief also advised that an EMO meeting will be convened on Monday morning.

The BWS issued a Tropical Storm Watch in advance of the noon advisory on Sunday, October 14th. A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Bermuda within 48 hours.

A statement from the EMO said: “As of the noon NHC advisory on Rafael and BWS 1130am local forecast: Tropical storm force winds are expected to start by noon on Tuesday lasting roughly nine hours with a period from mid-afternoon through evening where winds will occasionally reach 40-50 knots, gusts to 64 knots especially in the eastern marine areas and elevated and exposed areas east of island; or if a rain band sweeps over Bermuda.

“The Causeway will remain open unless sustained winds exceed 50 knots. The Department of Airport Operations (DAO) will continue to closely assess the latest weather forecast information and will make any determination on potential airport disruptions based on updates from the Bermuda Weather Service.

“Although the latest forecast shows the island will not experience hurricane force winds residents are still advised to check their emergency kits to be sure supplies are adequate. A typical emergency kit would include items such as flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, non–perishable foods, an ample water supply and disposable utensils. An updated Disaster Advisory Plan is posted on the Government Portal on the Ministry of Health website.”

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  1. Just Sayin says:

    The only problem is, this is the agency that called for rain all last week and we didn’t get any.

    • Bermy says:

      I don’t know where you live… but I got drenched last week!

    • Mature says:

      well where were you cause it rained almost everyday last week

  2. SoMuchMore says:

    Just Sayin, maybe they had a mix-up cause the rain was this week lol

  3. swingingfrom the chandeliers!! says:

    can’t trust this group, I’llcheck horseshore bay for my barometer..last so called ‘storm” I still have prep kit….stop getting excited for a bit of wind and rain goshhhh…….!! can we get something correct in Bermuda? do we have any intelligence!! accuracy.. everyone trying to justify their job.. do you realize there is no weather report in Africa?? its either sun,sun sun or rain …the weather has become much ado about nothing,,,starting to sound like the boy who cried wolf!!

  4. SoMuchMore says:

    Even the tourist are leaving! the cruise ship that arrived today might be leaving fist thing in the morning… tourism is shoot lol quick flip flop sing us a song of ‘hope’ cause even a prayer won’t help haha

    SoMuchMore keeps the people away

  5. Terry says:

    Keep swinging.

  6. SoMuchMore says:

    We all know the PLP love to travel so I wonder how many GP cars are at the airport… someone please let Paula and her crew know that they must return if not their cars may get flooded lol

  7. SoMuchMore says:

    it is 7:40pm, I thought the goverment (check the spelling) would have made an announcement by now that everything would be closed tomorrow and tuesday to prepare for Raphael but i guess we will hear in the morning… If I am right the Premier calls all the shots and she is in Africa (yooo lil yooo ugh I wish I spoke African but maybe she’ll teach me if she has time) lol! You know she ‘LOVES’ that place. Anyway when she wakes up can someone ask her and let me.

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    Tropical Storm Rafael: Brought to you by your friends at Gorhsms, Masters, Lindos, The Marketplace, Rubis & Exxon. Thanking you for your support.

  9. common sense says:

    Shouldn’t people be prepared already because of the last storm that was suppose to come with like supplies that you would need

  10. SMH says:

    Are your lives that bitter that you have to have a negative comment for everything.

    If the EMO did not give a warning and keep us up to date you wld be complaining that they don’t do their jobs. They are warning you as hurricane are unpredictable son that you are not caught off guard.

    The political parties are not responsible for everything. They don’t have enough power in the shortest strand of hair on their bodies to control the weather.

    THE EMO are asking you to be prepared so be obedient and be prepared.