Storm chaser: Surfers embraced the wild conditions at Horsehoe Bay yesterday afternoon. <em>*Photo by Kageaki Smith</em>
Storm chaser: Surfers embraced the wild conditions at Horsehoe Bay yesterday afternoon. *Photo by Kageaki Smith


*Image courtesy of the Bermuda Weather Service

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4: Hotels are bracing themselves for a double blow as Tropical Storm Leslie heads towards the island.

The island’s resorts have already seen a handful of last minute cancellations as the storm, that is predicted to reach Category 2 Hurricane level, heads toward Bermuda.

While many other visitors are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast before they make a decision on whether they travel.

David Dodwell, resort manager at The Reefs, told the Bermuda Sun: “We have seen a couple of calls come in with one or two cancellations, however most guests are waiting to see what happens with the forecast over the next day or two and hoping to see a shift to either side.

“So up until now, we have not seen anything dramatic. It’s just a wait and see and hope.”

Shelley Meszoly, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Fairmont Bermuda, added: “The management of both hotels are monitoring the storm and are advising that based on the current weather forecasts, our guests should plan to leave by Friday.

“For guests arriving over the weekend, we are suggesting that they postpone their visits until after the storm has passed.”

Clyde Darrell, from Grotto Bay Beach Resort said: “We have not had many cancellations so far because of the incoming hurricane, just one or two so far perhaps.

“We are keeping our eye on the forecast like most people and will play it by ear.”

The incoming storm has also affected cruise ship arrivals.

It now looks unlikely that the Norwegian Dawn, which was due to arrive in Dockyard on Sunday, will visit Bermuda at all this weekend.

Instead Norwegian Cruise Lines have arranged an alternative route for their passengers which will see them visit the Bahamas instead.