Photos & Videos: Tropical Storm Fay Arriving

October 11, 2014

With Tropical Storm Fay traveling towards Bermuda and due to pass by its closest point at 3am on Sunday, the south shore of Bermuda showed signs of the brewing storm with wave activity growing as time drew on.

Some spectators made their way to popular South Shore locations to watch the activity, with a few taking to the water and a some surfers riding the waves.

The Silk Spider is also known as the “Hurricane Spider” due to its ability that some say has to predict bad weather. The spiders are normally found in various parts of Bermuda up high in trees and bushes, however when bad weather is brewing they are said to move closer to the ground. We found one in Warwick a couple feet off the ground hidden in some hedges.

According to the latest data from the U.S. National Hurricane Centre, Fay is about 165 miles [260 km] south of Bermuda as of 9pm this evening, and is moving at 18 mph [30 km/h] with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph [110 km/h].

Tropical Storm Fay Bermuda, October 11 2014-12

The Bermuda Weather Service issued both a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch, saying that Fay’s closest point of approach to Bermuda is forecast to be 41 nautical miles to the south-south-east at 3am on Sunday.

“Winds, showers, and the risk of thunder rapidly increase this evening as Tropical Storm Fay draws near,” the BWS said. “Strong tropical storm force winds arrive this evening and remain through the night as Fay passes to the near southeast very early Sunday morning. Winds may briefly increase to hurricane force as Fay passes.”

In the BWS forecast discussion, Michelle Pitcher said, “The strongest winds are expected to arrive around 2-3am Sunday morning with gusts to 60 knots in elevated and exposed areas and in any heavy thunderstorms. These winds are expected to decrease just before dawn on Sunday.

For the latest updates on Tropical Storm Fay please see our live blog here.

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  1. Prayerful says:

    What is the significance of the spider in the photo?

    • jt says:

      “The silk spider Nephila clavipes is commonly known as the ‘hurricane’ spider for its ability to predict bad weather. It will spin its web close to the ground, in trees or shrubs, when bad weather is coming. When conditions are good its web can be seen in the higher branches of trees or shrubs.”

    • J Starling says:

      It’s a hurricane spider (golden orb silk weaver to be more correct).

      They can sense the barometric pressure changes and will build their webs closer to the ground when they sense a storm coming. In a way one can use their behaviour to gauge how powerful a storm will be.

      Beautiful spiders. Large too, but beautiful.

  2. Truth is killin' me... says:

    This was way worse than what they were predicting.

    • Herb says:

      I was at Ham Princess dock at 6am it was blowing 100 mph steady. We could hardly stand up against the wind and rain.
      Yes your right this was far worse than predicted, and needs to be explained how we can be hit like this with no warning of this magnitude of winds etc.

      • Joey-Bag-O'Doughnuts says:

        Because it is weather and nobody can predict the weather correctly. Yes, they can see it coming, yes, they can see it is bad but no, they cannot tell exactly what it’ll be when it reaches you.

  3. Raymond Ray says:

    Bernews good day…
    I was speaking with my sister who lives in Somerset off of White Hill area and she said she hasn’t received any notification in reference to the date of the up-coming election for the representative in her district. May be you will be kind enough to either reprint it or print it for the many others that haven’t gotten any notification via the Postal Service in that same area.

    Thanks in advance

  4. watchfuleyes says:

    was it worse or did it just change direction or come closer than they thought?

  5. It is always amazing when rip current signs are posted that there is always people that would take to the ocean as if they will never get hurt or drowned, one day this will not be the case and the damn fools will loose their lives, they should be arrested,because if they fall into danger they are putting the lives of others at risk who in the emergency services will have to try and rescue their carcass.

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