Island Bounces Back from Hurricane Nicole Hotels as well as Airport Open and Operational
Within 24 hours, Bermuda bounced back from one of the strongest storms in the island country’s long history. Hurricane Nicole, a dangerous Category 4 storm, hit Bermuda Thursday, October 13 toppling trees, flooding neighborhood streets and knocking out power to 90% of the island. However, strict building codes and a tireless commitment to hurricane preparedness paved the way for a wide-ranging recovery effort immediately following the storm. By this afternoon, power was restored to 22,000 customers with 5,300 remaining. There were no major injuries nor loss of life as a result of Hurricane Nicole. All hotels are open with little to no damage and the airport is now open.
“Bermuda bounces back quickly from storms thanks to a community spirit that is evident island-wide. Hospitality is in our blood - we take care of our visitors on-island and are ready to welcome new visitors from our airline and cruise ship partners, said Victoria Isley, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. “Bermuda is on track this year to welcome the most visitors to the island since 2008 – and to be back online within 24 hours of such a major storm is a testament to Bermuda’s dedication to visitors.” For example, hotels such as the Fairmont Southampton and Grotto Bay entertained guests during the storm with a Hurricane Party and Rum Cake Bingo respectively. The Hamilton Princess was fully operational through the storm, including Marcus restaurant. And planes touched down in Bermuda Thursday, October 14 with new visitors ready to soak up island life in Bermuda.
Here are some updates on where we stand now:
The L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA), as well as the causeway, the main road serving the airport, both reopened as of today, Friday, October 14, one day after Hurricane Nicole.
All of Bermuda's hotel properties are open and welcoming guests. All followed comprehensive hurricane preparation plans to ensure the safety and security of their guests and colleagues. They have sustained very little damage as a result of the hurricane and clean-up is underway.
Buses and ferries will be running on normal routes and schedules tomorrow.
Public parks and beaches are open. The majority of visitor attractions are open for business.
Work crews from the Ministry of Public Works, Department of Parks, the Royal Bermuda Regiment and Belco continue their clearing and restoration works around Bermuda.
For the most up to date information on the clean-up efforts of Hurricane Nicole, please refer to www.gov.bm.