NHC: Fay Revised From Storm To Hurricane

December 3, 2014

The National Hurricane Center [NHC] specialists in Miami have now officially revised the category strength for Fay from a strong Tropical Storm to a land-falling Category 1 hurricane for Bermuda, the Bermuda Weather Service said today [Dec 3]. Fay struck the island in October, leaving damage islandwide and knocking out power to over 27,000 customers.

Collage showing some of the damage from Fay:

Tropical Storm Fay collage bermuda 2014

A statement from the Bermuda Weather Service said, “The National Hurricane Center specialists in Miami, after extensive post-analysis of all local data during the impact of Fay in collaboration with the Bermuda Weather Service, have now revised the category strength for Fay from a strong Tropical Storm to a land-falling Category 1 hurricane for the Island of Bermuda. This report will become publicly available via the National Hurricane Center’s public documents list during the next few days.”

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    They’ve just caught up with what everyone in Bermuda knew ……

    • inna says:

      Exactly! This is nothing more than to shut the PLP up! They were crying that the Bermuda populace did not know Fay was a hurricane.

      I, like the rest of the island, did not need someone to tell me the storm was now a HU! Clearly the PLP thought otherwise, but that is par for the course for them..

  2. steve says:

    About time, never a storm!

  3. RU Kidding says:

    Wow, they are almost as slow as the OBA sending emergency text messages!

  4. #Betterthentheweatherstation says:


  5. WhistleBlower says:

    Those living here came to this conclusion the morning after. Maybe Bermudians can train those @ The National Hurricane Centre on the benefits of shark oil and porgie holes while they are at it.

  6. animallover says:

    We all knew it was a hurricane, fooled again, just like Emily. Maybe we Bermudians should be forcasters for the National Hurricane Centre in Bermuda???

  7. outkasted says:

    WTF? but you said it was a Tropical Storm. Even after the fact they said it was a storm…Now they are saying it is a Hurricane…What’s really going on?

  8. Stunned... says:

    “a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” A hurricane by any other name is just as destructive.

  9. Marge says:

    It all about insurance coverage ….. if you are covered for hurricane insurance they will cover it but they do not cover tropical storm insurance !!!!

    • hmmm says:

      It’s based on specific rules on what constitues a hurricaine. Suffiet evidence must have been gleaned from data recorded to qualify it as a hurricaine. They can’t just do it based on a whim.

      There must have been a point in the data where the duration of sustained hurricain force wind exceeded the threshold.

  10. Bermuda Boy says:

    Cat one hurricane is still wrong, winds were way too high. Cat three or four maybe.

  11. The Skink says:

    I smell a rat!

  12. Whistling Frog says:

    Ok, don’t get your knickers all up in a bunch… Can’t we just say it was a freak storm and move on? It’s not as if its gonna come back to haunt the Island… Then again, who knows…

  13. Y-Gurl says:

    No matter what they say, we all knew it, the unfortunate part is that BAS Serco weather service neither recognized or warned us of that fact, even after it passed they wouldn’t admit the screwed up!

  14. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    I believe that we were deliberately misinformed and this was not the first time.

    We were lulled into a false sense of security.

    We got the ” Snow job”.

    This one cost us money which could have been avoided.

    Who can you trust theses days, your bones.

    Many of the islands birds did not make it.

    The weather technology we have available to us to day there is no excuse to get it wrong.

    You can not trust a Hurricane.

    There is a right way and a wrong way of boarding up your property, 1/2″ ply , nails and a hammer are a death sentence.

    • Sara says:

      Why would it have been deliberate? What would be the gain?

  15. Sara says:


    Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale