The road to Clearwater Beach was strewn with rocks as heavy winds battered the area shortly after 7pm Sunday. Photo by Tony McWilliam
The road to Clearwater Beach was strewn with rocks as heavy winds battered the area shortly after 7pm Sunday. Photo by Tony McWilliam
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10:20am MONDAY: 28,700 of us without power this morning but we're all still here and in good shape. Police are assessing the roads and are asking people to stay off them until they've been cleared of debris. The Causeway is still closed and will be assessed for any damage before reopening.

11:10pm Sunday: Because we didn't get the eye of the storm we'll have to deal with the stronger winds for a more sustained period of time. By 1pm it should begin to subside. Stay safe tonight. James and I will be back sometime in the morning.

10:10pm Sunday: I've joined the majority of residents and lost my electricity. Working by candle light now. There are 23,600 customers out of 35,000 without power. The hospital is reporting just 23 visits to the emergency room, NONE storm related. 

8:20pm Sunday: Three out of every five homes are without power tonight. BELCO says 21,000 customers are doing without as Hurricane Igor's biggest punch is still to come. Its closest point of approach is supposed to be at 10pm tonight at 47 nautical miles to the west. Sustained winds are predicted to be 70 knots

8:20pm Sunday: Water is up to the level of the bridge connecting Ordnance Island to the rest of St. George's. King's Square has a couple of inches of water covering it. There's a large yacht has run aground near the Swing Bridge. There also appears to be a powerboat sinking near the same location. Part of the fence around the airport is flapping in the breeze.

7:30pm Sunday: The power has gone out for some more people in St. George's. There's been a few TV flubs (I know, I know glass houses) by American broadcasters today. One reporter was calling it St. John's Bay rather than John Smith's Bay. The biggest boo-boo was the ACCU weatherman calling it Hurricane Earl for about five minutes during his forecast. Whoops!

7:20pm Sunday: Took a little ride about in Hamilton Parish. I saw lines down on Radnor Road and My Lord's Bay, but nothing major. A few downed trees, but not too many at this point. The most 'exciting' thing was my spark plug got wet on my bike at the entrance of Sleepy Hollow and conked out. I'll have to retrieve it Monday.

6:20pm Sunday: The hospital has treated 20 people so far today - two at the Lambe-Foggo Urgent Care Centre in St. David's and 18 at King Edward. A spokesperson couldn't say whether they were hurricane related or not. 

6:05PM Sunday: Tag. I'm it - James is taking a well-deserved break and I've fixed the various leaks around my house. If you're reading this you're either overseas or one of the lucky ones still with power. BELCO says 19,500 customers are without power and just over 16,000 with power.

5.40pm Sunday: I couldn't get through to the weather service, so I used the old fashioned method and opened the front door. Outlook: Still windy.
And half the tree branches in Bermuda are in the front yard.
5.20pm Sunday: I got in touch with Rick Olson at the Beach. He says they stayed open until 3pm today and plan to open for lunch tomorrow.
"Someon'es got to feed the boys in blue," he told me.

5.05pm Sunday: BELCO just updated to tell people to unplug 'sensitive electronic devices' to avoid it being damaged during the storm or after when power is restored.
That doesn't mean my laptop does it? I need the battery power to watch movies when the electricity does go out.

4.45pm Sunday: I just spoke to Beez Evans, who is riding out the storm on a yacht in Hamilton Harbour.
Those large Yachts - Bravo Zulu, Lady Charlotte and the Venetian - have to have professional crews on board for insurance reasons.
All three of them are moored off White's Island.
Beez was saying its been a smoother ride than Florence so far. Everyone seems to have been sensible, he says, because no boats are sunk or free of their moorings.
Aboard the Bravo Zulu they are taking advantage of the boat's generators and watching movies in the air conditioning.

4.35pm, Sunday: If there's suddenly no updates on here, you'll know my power has gone.
Right now it seems like I'm one of the lucky ones.
 BELCO spokesperson Susan McGrath Smith says 16,000 of the company's 35,000 customers are without electricity.
It's not coming back soon - the repair crews have stood down and won't go out until after the storm.


4.30pm, Sunday: Latest from BELCO - half the island is now without power.

4.20pm, Sunday: A few more reports of branches down in... well all over the place.
We're starting to feel the hurricane force winds now and police are double-urging people to get indoors.
Apparantly there are a few people still wandering about taking pictures!
Anyway, here's a list of the trees down....

*Mangrove Bay Sandys
*Middle Road nears Spicelands Warwick
*Barkers Hill Devonshire
*Canal Road Pembroke it is completely Blocked
*South Road Smiths near H. H. Near # 12 South Road Smiths
*Cabinet office large branches down City of Hamilton

3.50pm, Sunday: David Wild has shared a pretty funky google map showing where the storm damage has happened so far. Mostly just trees down on the road and power cuts so far - lets hope it stays that way. Here's the link:http://bit.ly/b1UIEf

3.30pm, Sunday: Is the Beach really still open? I mean the bar - the Beach - not Elbow Beach, which probably doesn't exist right now.
Owner Rick Olson has a note on his Facebook page thanking his staff for coming in and saying the bar will probably be open till 5pm.
I called there and got no answer so maybe they've closed earlier than expected.
Fair play to his staff if they did come in - you have to feel for all those emergency service personnel that have to work through storms like this - medical care, police assistance, electricity.... and beer. The things we can't cope without.

3.20pm, Sunday:  BELCO has confirmed that its repair crews are standing down. There are 7,000 homes without power now. If you lose your electricity any time in the next few hours its n ot coming back...
Engineers will be out as soon as the worst of the storm has passed and it is safe for them.

2.55pm, Sunday: Kudos to Ice Queen for enhancing its already solid reputation as the place to go for greez when all else fails.
Apparantly they were still open after midnight last night. Wonder if they deliver? I could use some chicken nuggets when the power goes....

2.30pm, Sunday: The lights are flickering now... I haven't had BELCO's latest figures yet but I bet there are more than 6.000 now without power.

2.10pm, Sunday: I wonder if this will change people's attitude towards the Regiment and conscription?
I'm not a fan of the draft but in a situation like this it is kind of handy....
i just spoke to Chris Gauntlett at Warwick Camp. He said there are 20 soldiers stationed at the airport, 147 more at Warwick ready to deploy as soon as its safe.

1.45pm, Sunday: My cable has just gone out. I'm seeing the writing on the wall here.....


1.30pm, Sunday: At least nobody is going to be calling their 'hurricane baby's' Igor... are they?


12.45pm, Sunday: The EMO is advising everybody to stay indoors and wait it out. Storm force winds are already upon us and it is no longer safe to be outside.
Time to crack out the playing cards and the rum... its going to be a long afternoon...

12.35pm, Sunday: Belco has reported that 6,100 are without power. They are asking people to call 955 to report downed lines and leaning poles - they will still try to address emergencies that pose a danger to the public.

Circuits Out

Evans Bay 280 – Granaway Heights area.  Customers affected 1015.

Flatts 453 – Harrington Sound Road

Fractious Street 258 – Walsingham/Crystal Caves area

Ft Hamilton 230 – Trimingham Hill area

Southampton Princess 444 – Riviera Estate

Parsons Lane 1108 – South Road Devonshire/Brighton Hill

Belmont 277 – Warwick Pond area



12.30pm Sunday: Ok, while Don deals with his emergency, I'll take over. Still got power here in St George's.
I just took a walk around the town about an hour ago - there were still a few people about - including a couple of tourists who flew IN to Bermuda yesterday.
Water is splashing up on the dock by Dowling Marine and the Tavern by the Sea. At White Horse the water level is almost up to the bridge. There will be fish on the Horse's balcony soon.

11:50am Sunday: Water seeping through the back door of my house. Had to use some Bermudian inventiveness to fix it. Used a rubber air mattress on both side the door, then propped it against the door with a metal laundry post.

11:25am Sunday: A couple of our reporters have lost power in the Sandys area. Reports are the power is back on the Admiralty House area so BELCO is really staying on top of the outages.

11am Sunday: The rain is starting to come down harder now with the winds picking up. I've seen several reports on the Manchester United-Liverpool match from residents. So that's providing a pleasant distration for some. You have to give credit to the BELCO crews - we're all hunkered down in our homes and they are still out there trying to restore power to the 2,500 or so without power.

10:30AM Sunday: The Causeway was shut down shortly after 10am. So much for getting an hour's notice - or any notice at all. Government promised yesterday to give advance warning. I can understand it being shut down for safety reasons and that should come first, but Government probably shouldn't have made the promise in the first place. The Police and Works & Engineering were obviously told to shut it down, but no announcement was made by the EMO to the public.

10am Sunday: Looks like the Causeway is about to be closed. We just had a staffer make it across and said Police were stationed at both ends. I don't imagine it will be open much longer anyway as the island is expecting 50 knot winds by noon. If you need to get across you're probably facing a ticking clock now.

8:50am Sunday: Just a couple of tips if you still have power - I'd cook any chicken you have since that's the first thing that will go bad and eat it as the next meal. However, don't eat any chicken meals if you've lost power and they aren't being kept cool. Also, if you still haven't filled tubs, basins and pots with water, now's probably a good time.

8:21am Sunday: Must be a lot of downed trees on power lines to have so many with electricity so early! Remember, if your power goes out, call BELCO's 955 number to r eport it (but only call once). They had less than 10 calls this morning - be proactive about doing your part to get your power restored.

7:55am Sunday: Power outages being reported around the island. BELCO said:We expect to see more outages as the storm worsens. Crews will be sent, BELCO will stand down its crews when conditions become unsafe. St. George's and Southampton also reporting no power.

7:26am Sunday: Cedar Hill, Warwick reporting power out.

7:11am Sunday: There are some cool apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod users to track hurricanes. The best one is Hurricane by Kitty Code, but it costs $3.99. The coolest thing is is it gives a history about every hurricane so you can look up Emily and Fabian. It's digital imagery is amazing. Lots of bells and whistles.

6:55am Sunday: Lights just flickered for the second time since 6am...hopefully that's not a sign to come.

6:43am Sunday: While we are talking about power, one of my Facebook friends reported getting a message four times yesterday on her BlackBerry that BELCO was going to cut power today in advance of the storm. That is totally FALSE. BELCO does not cut off power during the storm. See below (It's posted 10 thing s that BELCO wants you to know on this site)

6. Despite a myth that comes up with every major storm event – BELCO does NOT shut down engines and turn off power during a s torm. We work to keep power flowing to our customers at all times. However, during hurricanes, faults on the distribution lines may result in engines tripping, which in turn may cause load shed.

6:26am Sunday:  According to the Bermuda Weather Service: Current tropical storm force winds will increase to hurricane force in the late afternoon. Heavy rain and showers are likely with a risk of thunder as Igor passes. Storm surge of two to five feet above normal tide levels is expected on Sunday night. Winds decrease to below hurricane force late tonight, then to below tropical storm force around noon Monday.

6:12am Sunday: My house sits near the top of Crawl Hill and I have a pretty good view out across Harrington Sound and down North Shore from Hamilton Parish to Dockyard and there looks like there are plenty of lights on across Bermuda.

6:10am Sunday: Morning Bermuda and the rest of the world. It's always great to wake up and still have electricity. The good news for us is Hurricane Igor has continued to weaken and is now a Cat 1. It is packing 75 knot sustained winds with the eye expected to pass over the island around 11pm tonight.


12.20am Sunday:
The weather service just sent us a quick update on the expected timetable of the storm. Looks like we're going to get hurricane force winds from 4pm. Tropical storm winds starting now, storm force winds - thats 50 knots and the point at which the Causeway would close - are expected now at 11am.
The Causeway could shut tomorrow morning. Watch this space for updates.


12.05am Sunday
: The storm has been thrilling today – awesome waves, spectacular surge. By the time we wake up tomorrow it will have been upgraded to scary.

Tropical storm force winds will be rolling in overnight. Its currently blowing around 20 knots and the first bands of rain are hitting us.

The midnight forecast is still predicting a direct hit – now scheduled to pass closest to us at 11pm on Sunday, 13 nautical miles to the west, north west.

Not much has changed.

This was the final forecast for Saturday:

 

Hurricane Igor will be a direct hit in the very early hours of Monday morning.

amp;ldquo;Tropical storm force winds are arriving now, then increasing to hurricane force late Sunday afternoon.

“Wind speed and direction will be dependent on subtle track changes that are likely over the next few days.

“Heavy rain and showers are likely with a risk of thunder as Igor passes. “Storm surge of three to seven fee t above normal tide levels is expected on Sunday night.”< /strong>

 

 

I’m signing off now. Don Burgess will be updating from 6am tomorrow.



12am, Sunday: Look's like Igor will visit us late today rather than Monday morning...although some people would like as late as possible on Monday so they can get Tuesday off from work as well.

11:50pm, Saturday: The emergency shelter at CedarBridge is starting to fill up. One of our reporters was down there earlier tonight and said there was a steady stream of men, women and children coming through the doors.
They have cots set up in the gym. If you don't feel safe at home that's the place to be.

11:20pm, Saturday: Quick strategy question. At what point do you start filling the bath with water and forget about showers for the forseeable future?

10.50pm, Saturday: Colonel Burch was on the radio earlier suggesting the Causeway would close before 6pm. I would guess it will be well before that .
I wouldn't plan to be the wrong side of the bridge much after midday tomorrow.

10.20pm, Saturday: It's officially hammering it down in St George's. The radar images are showing the first band of rain associated with Igor inching across the island, so I guess this is it. Hope everyone's ready....

10pm, Saturday: What's with all the Jim Cantore groupies? I get it, he's kind of famous - but come on people, it's just the weather channel....

9.20pm, Saturday: Apparantly Hamilton is a ghost town - all that is missing on Front Street is the tumbleweed.
I just spoke to one of our reporters who was walking around the city. He said it has a kind of post apocalyptic feel - everything is still the same, except no people.

8.50pm, Saturday: Don' t gangsters have to prepare for hurricanes too? Apparantly there was ANOTHER shooting today near Spanish Point. No-one was seriously injured: http://bit.ly/bIBP9D but come on, give it a break. Go an board up your windows.


8.30pm, Saturday: The bank machines are starting to run out of c ash. The ATM at the 24/7 garage doesn't have any left, the ATM kiosk on Church Street is closed and directing people to the Reid Street branch. Stock up now or you could be penniless if the power is out for weeks.


8pm, Saturday: Rumours of storm related power outages appear to have been exaggerated.
There were a few homes without electricity for about an hour - I believe in St Davids and Devonshire - this afternoon. But the cause is said to be someone trimming back trees in preparation for Igor rather than the storm itself.

7.15pm, Saturday: The latest forecast has Igor weakening a little bit. I just spoke with the guy at the National Hurricane Centre, though, and he warned us 'don't get hung up on categorys'. He says the likelihood of it weakening any further before it hits Bermuda is practic ally zero and we should still expect a long and dangerous hurricane.

6.45pm, Saturday: Up near John Smiths Bay the section of the road that was damaged during Fabian has been blocked off all day - the water is leaping across the road already, think what its going to be like tomorrow!

6.20PM Saturday: I just got back from a quick tour of St Geroge's. There are a couple of guys preparing to ride out the storm in their boats. One of them told me he might be better off because everything on there is solar powered.
As inlets go Mullet Bay is one of the safer ones in a hurricane. I'll stick with the house though.

4:42PM Saturday: It's unfortunate, but it seems like it takes disaster for people to pull together. I can see neighbours lending hands to one another as they board up their houses. One lending tools; another muscle as we all pitch in to get ourselves prepared for Igor. It will be the same afterwards when we go to cleanup. Why can't we take the same time to help one another out when we are just living our normal lives?

3:12PM Saturday: SAL in Devonshire was steady with business. It had several varieties of tap screws sold out - had to settle for second choice in getting my boards up (Didn't have enough screws in the box to start with to get all the boards up and needed to get some more).

1:22PM Saturday: The airport seemed to be operating as normal - no rush or panic by passengers trying to leave Bermuda. There were still about a dozen cars in the long term parking. Hopefully the owners will get them removed soon.

12:30pm Saturday: The Pink Beach Club could be in for a rough ride. The storm surge is already running up against one of its cottages. During Fabian some of their buildings had sand up to the windows on the inside!


11.50am, Saturday: Some pretty impressive waves already crashing into south shore by John Smiths and up at Horseshoe, particularly.
If you want to take a look, now would be the time - before they switch up from impressive to scary.


11.30am, Saturday: The Premier has called a press conference for 4pm this afternoon - it will be broadcast live on CITV channel 2.

11am, Saturday: Further clarification on that whole 'closest point of approach' thing from Dr Mark Guishard. 
Basically, its bad, whatever.
"Once we get down to the types of distances we're predicting in terms of a closest point of approach, it should be treated as a direct hit on the island - the eye diameter is larger than the distance between the island and the centre of the storm. "There is still some uncertainty as to whether there will be a passage a few miles
off the east end, the west end, or a passage over the centre of the island.
"With an eye diameter that fluctuates (but in any case is wider than the
distance to the island), and a radius of maximum winds extending about 45nm
from the centre, we expect to be seeing the worst conditions over the island."

10.30am, Saturday: The 9am forescast, by the way, was the same as the 6am one - Igor is due 3am Monday.

10.20am, Saturday: For those who don't get it yet, this hurricane's big... and scary... The Weather Chann el is telling us, Colonel Burch is telling us, everyone is telling us this is a huge storm. So how big? Just to put it in perspective it would take ten hours to drive from one side to the other. I've linked this page to a weather.com article carrying an impressive graphic imposing this storm on to the east coast of the US - it takes up about a third of the country.
Bermuda is smaller than the storm's eye, which I'm told has a diameter of 15 nautical miles.

10am, Saturday: A windswept looking Jim Canrtore just appeared om the Weather Channel. He's at Elbow Beach sounding ominous. The waves are already crashing behind him and he's talking about 30ft waves on the way.
They've got a scary looking 3d graphic too of this huge swirling mass swarming over Bermuda.

8.30am, Saturday: Don Burgess and James Whittaker will be using this page to post updates and observations about the storm.
If there is anything you think we should know about - from the sublime (free beer at Docksiders rumoured around midday today - I'm not kidding) to the helpful (anywhere you can still get plywood/supplies etc...) to the ridiculous (a cow just flew past my window). You can e-mail us at any of the addresses in the sidebar to this page or through our Facebook page.

7.30am, Saturday: In case anyone is as confused as us as to what is meant by 'closest point of approach' in the case of a hurricane this size, we asked Bermuda Weather Service to clarify.
Basically the distance is measured from the centre of the eye of the storm - regardless of the eye's size.
So if the forecasters are saying the closest point will be 12 nautical miles away - and the radius of the eye is more than 12nm (trying to get an exact measurement on that) then at least part of the eye will pass over Bermuda.
Remember though, its not the eye we're really worried about - the eye is the calm in the centre of the storm.
Hurricane force winds from Igor extend 45 nautical miles from the centre of the eye. If it passes within that range, we'll feel the impact.

7am, Saturday: Nothing much seems to have changed overnight. The closest point of approach of the hurricane is now anticipated at 3am Monday.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate tonight and get much worse on Sunday.