The worst hurricane to hit Bermuda since Fabian in 2003, which claimed 4 lives, sits just 200 miles outside of my window tonight. Nicole is currently a CAT 3 with sustained winds of 115 mph and will give the island a direct hit around tomorrow lunchtime, only the 4th direct hit since 1950.
Bermuda has been ‘welcoming’ tropical storms since time began and houses are built to a strong resistance and the people are exceptionally resilient and resposeful about big storms. As I was joking with friends in the supermarket earlier as we both browsed the wine section. Wine, batteries and water at a push is mostly all people go out shopping for prior to a storm hitting.
However Nicole has got people worried as we anticipate a long day tomorrow with Nicole slow moving and reaching us around midday approaching from the east of the island and producing 8ft waves and 8 inches of rain tomorrow afternoon alone. Storm surge and flooding could be bad, although a lot of the island is elevated, albeit less so on the eastern side. We actually live on the west side, but when the island’s as big as a toothpick those finer details don’t matter too much.
Think of us, and I will attempt to keep you updated subject to having power!