Photos: 10 Things That Did – Or Didn’t – Hold Up

October 20, 2014

Bermuda is getting back to business today [Oct 20] after having the unique misfortune of being hit by two storms back to back, with Tropical Storm Fay downing trees and causing widespread power outages, followed by Hurricane Gonzalo, which battered the island with hurricane force winds well into Saturday morning.

While some people sailed right through both storms without much inconvenience, others have been strongly affected. Below we take a look at 10 things that did — or didn’t — come through both storms.

1/The island’s trees definitely did not fare too well in either Fay or Gonzalo, with numerous trees falling island-wide in both storms


2/Following Hurricane Gonzalo, nothing but this sailboat’s mast was left above water


3/ Sometimes dead fish wash up after storms, and this one was found at Daniels Head in Sandys

Cms3Vip - Imgur

4/This non-traditional Bermuda house in St George’s sustained severe damage during Hurricane Gonzalo. Fortunately it was empty at the time. [link]

5/Moving to a more positive note, this replica house in St David’s built in the same style as the settlers did in the 1600s, complete with a palmetto thatch roof, came through both storms intact [link]

Traditional Bermuda Home Building, October 19 2014-8

6/It may have caused some chuckles, but the car that was wrapped in plastic for Gonzalo came out in picture perfect condition [link]

plastic wrapped car

7/The tree may have fallen in Gonzalo, but the lamp was completely unscathed. Photo taken in Point Shares by Don Mackenzie

tree afyer Gonzalo

8/Many people were worried about the Causeway, and while it did sustain some minor damage to the walls, the structure held up, and the Causeway re-opened a few hours after Gonzalo passed [link]


9/One of the oldest houses in Bermuda, Carter House was built circa 1640, and has withstood hurricanes for over 350 years.  As it has for centuries, Carter House stood firm.

Carter House Bermuda, October 19 2014-9

10/The Bermuda spirit, as always, held up strong. We got a little torn up….but we are still flying high, with everyone working together to put the island back on its feet.


To quote the BTA, “The cooperation of the public and private sectors along with the tenacity of Bermuda’s people is putting this island paradise back on its feet at incredible speed.”

Thank you to the EMO, BELCO, Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Weather Service, Works & Engineering, Parks Dept, Telecommunications crews, and everyone else who worked, and is still working, to bring us through both storms.

For all our coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo click here, and for our live blog where we are bringing you continuous live coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo click here.

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  1. Photos: 1600s Replica Bermuda Home Survives - : | October 21, 2014
  1. This is amazing that the replica of the first Bermuda house down at Cater house actually still stands, that is a message withing it’s self. so to the jokers who thinks the wooden house in St.Georges needs planning to be more strict with building codes, remember that these are the houses our forefathers use to have, and the with stood many of hurricanes and storms in their day.

    Like the rock or Gibraltar Carter house your work and Replica still stands, Well done.

    • Tea L says:

      Yea Carter House! I haven’t ever been to see the settler’s house replica, but I definitely want to see it now! I’d imagine the survival of the replica has more to do with the location than with the structural integrity of the design. I understand that there’s alot of research on how topographical features affect wind flow. It’s really interesting! We definitely need to be serious about our building codes! Those codes are a large part of the reason we have so few hurricane fatalities, compared to other islands and the US East Coast!

  2. A few more says:

    Didn’t hold up:

    Power, phone, and cable lines that have not yet been buried
    A lot of roofs, porches, and the like

    Held up:

    The airport (despite some damage)
    The island’s reputation overseas

  3. Judith Malley says:

    Your coverage thru both storms has been stellar. For those of us not in Bermuda but have loved ones there or simply love your island it has been invaluable and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  4. Highlyfaovured says:

    A grand thank you to the Parks crew out of St. George’s. All of these teams mentioned worked tirelessly this weekend, non-stop. I thanked them personally for clearing the trees on Mullet Bay Road so quickly that when persons from other parts of the Island visited, they saw little to no damage. That was as a result of St. George’s Corporation and the Parks crew along with neighbours working together to cut down tress, clear them from the streets and other debris that blew from the storm.

    My hat is off to all of you for a job that will continue today, WELL DONE

  5. Old School says:

    I took a picture of the straw house too. not a strach on it. :)

  6. I'mjustsayin says:

    The ripped/torn flag – symbolic of the current political climate.

    • c says:

      just had to throw in politics. Huh.

    • big lad says:

      be honest though. when has the island ever been in harmony over politics?
      lets face it. as long as we have party politics and consequently our racial divide, it’ll always be ripped/torn.

      but to the point at hand, well done to all that have helped and are still helping to getting things back to the way they were.

  7. bermuda via uk says:

    Loved this article!!

  8. hmmm says:

    Lot of Churches lost roof.

  9. Rochelle says:

    We would like to thank the BELCO team for putting on our lights Saturday evening as we were out from Sunday’s Fay storm. Thank you and God Bless you all for a job well done.

  10. Bermudian in the UK says:

    I must say – I have immense pride in the way Bermudians have weathered this storm. Great preparation beforehand and great coming together afterwards as a community to clean up the island. With so much negativity about politics and shootings etc, I am proud to be a Bermudian and show that we not only have amazing housing infrastructure, but that we can get stuck in and come together when needed! Let’s continue this theme fellow Bermudians and work on all aspects that affect us with this much gusto!

    • Noelette says:

      Bermuda, once again God has blessed our little Island.
      We have much to be thankful for, and my sincerest thanks and
      Hats off to every single person that has lifted a hand in
      helping to get us back on our feet.
      From Companies to individuals who came out and cleared the

  11. Prayerful says:

    the comment about “a lot of churches lost roofs” just goes to confirm the scriptures that God rains on the Just and the Unjust

    • Christopher James says:

      So if God reigns down on the just and unjust, it kind of defeats the whole idea of prayer – in fact it proves that it doesn’t work.

    • LOL says:

      What about these scriptures, are they confirmed?
      Psalm 137:9
      Leviticus 20:9
      Deuteronomy 22:13-14,20-21
      Leviticus 25:44
      1 Timothy 2:11-12

      I’m thinking you’re not on board with those ones, you’d rather pick and choose when the mood strikes.

  12. bdaboy says:

    Didn’t you god send the storm in the first place?

    Education….cures religion.