Bermuda authorities closed the Causeway, the bridge leading to Bermuda’s only airport, on Sunday morning after the Bermuda Weather Service reported the threat of tornadoes at the East End due to Hurricane Igor.
L.F. Wade Airport closed Saturday afternoon.
Effects of Igor, 50 miles from Bermuda on Sunday afternoon, already were being felt. More than half of the island was without power; waves from 12 to 16 feet high were reported along the south shore, and officials feared massive beach erosion.
The full impact of Igor was expected between 10 p.m.and midnight Sunday, with the island experiencing wind gusts between 80 mph and 100 mph and up to nine inches of rain, according to the Bermuda Weather Service.
Although Igor is not expected to make landfall on Bermuda, instead passing to the west of the island early Monday morning, the size of Igor will affect the whole island, according to forecasts.
BermudaTourism.com has a link to the Emergency Measures Organization, which posts official announcements, telephone numbers and advisories.
There is no announcement as to when Bermuda’s airport or seaports will open. Many hotel guests evacuated or canceled before Igor’s arrivals. Schools are closed through Tuesday. Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newpaper will not print an edition on Monday, the first time ever.
Meanwhile, Igor caused riptides and strong currents at East Coast and Caribbean beaches. Huge swells from Igor in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands resulted in two people being swept out to sea on Saturday, one in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and one on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.