Live Updates & Videos: Hurricane Lee

September 15, 2023 | 32 Comments

[Updating] Public schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, ferries will be suspended on Thursday, buses will run according to their normal schedules until 5.30pm when bus operations will be suspended, the Causeway will remain open and be closely monitored and flights will be suspended from 12 noon on Thursday.

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  1. Kelly says:

    Why allow BA to come in when the winds will be at its highest??? Do you people that are meeting have the peoples safety at heart. That airport on the runway is no joke. Smarten up people who are you protecting?? NOT the people that work at the airport!!!!

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Neither the PLP Government nor the Bermuda Airport are cancelling fights. It is a matter for the airlines. Clearly BA sees matters differently from the American airlines

      • hmm says:

        The airport is Canadian and if Skyport didn’t want anyone landing they would just state the airport is closed for the entire day. Burch said the buses are running tomorrow until 5:30pm, but did he get permission from the drivers lol.

        • Joe Bloggs says:


          “flights will be suspended from 12 noon on Thursday. This is according to Acting Minister of National Security Lt/Col David Burch who spoke at a press conference this afternoon [Sept 13] concerning Hurricane Lee. ”

          BA no longer have the option of landing today.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “The airport is Canadian”

          No. Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited is a Bermuda local company and and all of the land at the airport is owned by the Bermuda Airport Authority, a Bermuda Government quango.

          • Flyer says:

            Neither OBA or PLP have any say or control of the airport trust and believe. The contract was signed for 30 years. They never should’ve been allowed to kick out Goslings and the MEF restaurants. Have you taken a flight out of Bermuda yet? The airport is beautiful yes, but the restaurant is small and the food sucks.

            • Joe Bloggs says:

              I have taken flights out of Bermuda and I have to agree with your criticism of food options.

              Thankfully, I have access to the lounge on BA fights. On flights to the U.S.A. I have to get by with a take-away sandwich wrapped in plastic.

            • sandgrownan says:

              Food sucks, duty free options are crap….airport though is great, and arrival process is way way better than it used to be.

        • tucker says:

          Who own the hospital? The one in Bermuda, not Boston.

          • Joe Bloggs says:

            The Government of Bermuda owns both MAWI and KEMH, but the Bermuda Hospitals Board is responsible for the management of both.

    • Mic check says:

      Do you know anything about airplanes???
      Clearly not! British airways is a very large aircraft. Much bigger than the ones servicing the USA. Therefore the British airways plane has a much higher crosswind component. Landing in these conditions is well within it’s safety range. Trust me. BA will have come and gone long before the hight of this small storm! When you don’t know people will say anything

  2. Hey says:

    Can’t believe they’re not going to open the shelter for the homeless in the midst of a hurricane

  3. Steve says:

    It’s just a storm. Schools should be open. Too many twits in areas that they can’t understand life.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      The PLP Government has its reasons for shutting down today.

      Interestingly, there is “No change to garbage collection”.

  4. Steve says:

    Lt Col Burch in charge. Lord help us

  5. Paul says:

    BA 777 held for 20 minutes last week before landing because the cross wind was above safe landing limits for the 777. The flight almost had to divert to USA. Every aircraft has a demonstrated crosswind landing limit. The 777 can also carry much more fuel for holding than the narrow bodies. It’s not about the pilots it’s about each aircraft’s performance specs.

  6. Graham says:

    4,200 homes without power. Wayne Caines can say whatever he likes, but this is not wind to cause that level of issue.

    Like last week, Belco have not covered themselves in glory here

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      As of 8:30 this morning Belco reports 10,870 customers without service.

    • Buntu says:

      You’re right, these are slight winds. The issue is people not cutting their trees and keeping them a safe distance from lines.

      Three fold problem; private property owners, government not enforcing laws, government and Belco not being proactive enough and maintaining vegetation.

  7. Ella says:

    Belco – “we should have been charging bda customers more!” COMPETITION IS WAYYYYY OVERDUE!!

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Feel free to start another electricity generating company to compete with Belco. No one is stopping you.

  8. Lion Paw says:

    Crazy how in the midst of uncertainty many of you can be so vile and disgusting. There is another hurricane brewing heading your way.
    Bermuda and the residents have become so bitter and poisonous it’s a wonder it still exist.
    Many wait for stories like this to express disharmony instead of support or unity. One day it will not be an option to get along but by a force

  9. Steve says:

    Yep. Buses no go. Hope these drivers don’t get paid

    • iyiyi says:

      The civil service is the biggest waste of taxpayers money . Of course the bus drivers get paid , it’s not their problem if the buses are not serviced , properly managed or a hurricane .

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      It was the employer, not the union, that shut down. The workers should still get paid.

      If the drivers refused to work my answer would be the opposite of what I am saying now.

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