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Jerry: top details, updates

  • Jerry approaches Bermuda (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Royal Gazette will update this page with key news as Tropical Storm Jerry approaches Bermuda.

6pm: The Bermuda Weather Service cancelled the warning for Post Tropical Cyclone Jerry.

Jerry’s strength had declined to winds of 35mph and gusts to 46mph. It was 47 miles west-southwest of Bermuda, moving east-northeast at 12mph.

Tropical Storm Karen remained a potential threat and continued to head north at 14mph.

At 6pm, Karen was 650 miles south of Bermuda, with winds of 40mph and gusts to 52mph.

Its closest point to the island within the next 72 hours is expected to be 370 miles to the south-southeast at 3am on Friday.

3pm: The latest Bermuda Weather Service update showed Jerry was 86 miles west of Bermuda, moving east-northeast at 12mph.

Its closest point of approach was still forecast to be 10pm and winds continued to be 40mph with gusts to 52mph.

1pm: National security minister Wayne Caines repeats his advice that Bermuda will continue to operate business as usual, but warns the island will start to feel tropical force winds at 3pm.

Mr Caines notes Jerry shows further signs of weakening and states: “Currently, roads remain clear, all public schools are open and while there are a few smaller government sections that are hampered due to no electricity, essentially all Government services operating as normal.

“I encourage everyone to move about the island with care and caution during the increased winds which are expected to start this afternoon and end about midnight.

“The EMO continues to monitor the developments with Tropical Storm Karen and we will make a determination later this afternoon about standing down the Royal Bermuda Regiment.”

Noon:Jerry is expected to be directly over the island at 10pm today. It is 118 miles west-southwest of Bermuda, moving northeast at 10mph, with winds of 40mph and gusts to 52mph.

Tropical Storm Karen is labelled a potential threat to Bermuda. It is 732 miles south of Bermuda, heading north at 15mph, with winds of 46mph and gusts to 58mph.

Its closest point to the island within the next 72 hours is expected to be 372 miles to the south-southeast at 9am on Friday.

11.45am: The Child Development Programme at Palmetto Road remains without electricity. The Department of Education says it is working with Belco to establish a timeline for the reinstatement of power.

7am: National security minister Wayne Caines repeats his advice that today will be business as usual:

Mr Caines states: “This morning, the Bermuda Police Service reported they received no calls and there were no road obstructions overnight as a result of winds associated with Tropical Storm Jerry.

“Based on the forecast from the Bermuda Weather Service late last night, the emergency teams that were on stand by to deal with storm related issues were sent home.

“Two schools that didn’t have electricity yesterday, Francis Patton Primary School and Gilbert Institute now have power and will reopen as normal today. Tropical Storm Jerry’s closest point of approach will be 11pm tonight.

“The onset of tropical storm force winds will be felt at about 4pm. I encourage everyone to move about the island with caution during the increased winds which are expected to start this afternoon and end about 2am.

“Today it will be business as usual.”

6am: Post Tropical Cyclone Jerry is 184 miles west-southwest of Bermuda, moving northeast at 7mph. Its closest point of approach is forecast to be directly over the island at 11pm today. It has winds of 46mph and gusts to 58mph.

Midnight: Jerry’s closest point of approach forecast to be at 8pm on Wednesday.

The Bermuda Weather Service predicted the storm will be 47 miles to the north-northwest at that time.

By midnight, maximum sustained winds were 46mph with gusts of 57mph.

11.30pm: The Department of Education said Francis Patton Primary School and the Gilbert Institute will open as normal on Wednesday morning.

9.30pm: Jerry was 250 miles west-southwest of Bermuda at 9pm, moving north at less than 5mph.

Its predicted closest point of approach and wind speeds remained unchanged from the Bermuda Weather Service’s 6pm update.

6pm: The update from Bermuda Weather Service showed Jerry’s closest point of approach is forecast to be 54 miles to the north-northwest at 5pm tomorrow.

It was 260 miles to the west-southwest and travelling north at 6mph.

Maximum sustained winds were 52mph with gusts to 63mph.

Tropical Storm Karen was a potential threat to Bermuda as it was predicted to be 392 miles to the south-southeast at 3pm on Friday.

At 6pm, Karen was 990 miles south of Bermuda, moving north at 8mph.

Maximum sustained winds were 46mph with gusts to 58mph.

3pm: Francis Patton Primary School has closed early, at 3pm, after a power outage.

The Department of Education, in conjunction with Belco, will confirm a timeline for repairs.

It followed a similar closure earlier at the Gilbert Institute. All staff and schools from both schools.

The department will issue an update on progress.

2.30pm: Along with public schools opening as announced today, Saltus will be open tomorrow as a regular day rather than its planned early dismissal.

Deryn Lavell, the head of school, said there would not be after-school activities or after-school care.

Ms Lavell added: “If your child rides a bike to school, we urge you to follow the Emergency Measures Organisation advice regarding safety on the roads in windy conditions. If possible, they may wish to take public transport or come by car.

“Should you decide to keep your child at home tomorrow due to weather concerns, please just let us know of the absence. We certainly understand.

“We will continue to monitor the weather and the EMO advisories. Should conditions deteriorate through the night and we need to cancel school we will advise you by 6.45am tomorrow.”

1.45pm: Belco now has 75 per cent more linesmen working to restore electricity to those who lost power during Hurricane Humberto. The restoration process has been made more time-consuming by overgrown vegetation that broke, uprooted, and hit power lines during the storm.

1.15pm: Stevedoring Services confirms that Hamilton docks will operate business as normal for the remainder of today and tomorrow

1pm: Bermuda will conduct “business as usual” during the storm, according to Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security.

School, government offices and the Causeway will remain open, and buses will run, although the ferry service will be suspended.

Mr Caines added: “Out of an abundance of caution, we will pay very close attention to the road conditions.”

He said: “If you do not have to ride a bike tomorrow, we urge you not to.”

James Dodgson, the Bermuda Weather Service director, said that Jerry appeared to be weakening, and that the island was not expecting to receive hurricane force gusts.

Noon: The island is experiencing heightened winds and seas as Jerry continues its approach.

Gilbert Institute Primary School in Paget, which lost power this morning, sent students home early — and Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, is expected to give an update at 12.30pm.

The storm is forecast to pass its closest by about 4pm tomorrow — but Jerry’s approach has changed from update to update.