Bermuda is under a severe weather warning, with Hurricane Joaquin around 200 nautical miles to the Island’s southwest earlier this morning. The storm is expected to pass west of Bermuda this afternoon and increase to hurricane force by evening.
“Presently we have very high winds and heavy rain, tropical storm conditions with hurricane conditions coming later today,” says Major Frank Pittman, who leads The Salvation Army in Bermuda. “Our emergency and disaster services (EDS) team has been mobilized and our emergency shelter opened as of 10 am this morning for people who need to leave their homes because of flooding or any other reason. As well, we have a team outside encouraging those experiencing homelessness to utilize our shelter before the conditions get too bad.”
There have already been power outages this morning, so there will likely be more as the winds pick up with the approaching storm. “Everyone seems to be prepared and all battened down,” says Major Pittman.
If the storm is severe enough to cause damage to the Island, The Salvation Army’s EDS team will respond as needed to support the relief efforts.