Tuesday 27 October, 2020

WATCH:This is what it's like to be in Bermuda after hurricane Paulette

Hurricane Paulette made landfall in Bermuda today, battering the island with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and torrential rains.

In an 11am EDT advisory, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Paulette, a category two storm, was located 65 miles north of the 25.54 square mile island and was moving north at 14 mph. 

Reports from the ground indicate downed power lines, tree damage, high tides and extensive flooding. Businesses, government agencies, air and sea ports and schools are all closed as is to be expected.

Many businesses have announced that they will be reopening tomorrow, and for the time being, it appears that schools will be reopening on Wednesday.

Bermudian MP, Christopher Famous told Loop News that there are massive power outages all over the island due to downed lines.

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The of Paulette is gradually moving away from Bermuda into open water.

However, hurricane/ tropical storm conditions, a storm surge and heavy rainfall will continue through the day.

“Swells produced by Paulette are affecting portions of the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the East Coast of the United States. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” NHC wrote.

Elsewhere in the tropics, there is a new tropical storm, Teddy.

Teddy is forecast to become a major hurricane by this weekend as it moves in the general direction of Bermuda, but it is too early to say if Bermuda will get hit again.

Here is a video provided of a house and its belongings that did not make it to the other side of the hurricane unscathed.

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