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Bermuda radar is down...

BWS - Bermuda Weather Service

1:15pm 13 OCT 2016
Bad news… with the NW winds a huge gust bust open a hatch on the weather radar and it is hanging loose. It has a fail switch attached to it which renders the radar out of service until it is physically shut. As it is too dangerous to go out in these conditions the weather radar will remain out of service until the technician can get out to it safely.
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I'm pretty impressed by how little debris there is flying around in the videos. Probably no where safer in the world during a hurricane than Bermuda.

Strict building codes there are to be rivaled by no one.

The sturdy stone and concrete construction evident in Bermuda is unique compared to many islands of the Caribbean and to the mainland United States. Building codes are quite stringent and evidence suggests that enforcement is quite good. Building designs in Bermuda must conform to the British Code, requiring that they be built to withstand sustained wind speeds of 110 mph. In addition to the excellent wind resistance of such buildings, good construction quality, code compliance and general hurricane preparedness helps reduce the hurricane vulnerability of buildings in Bermuda. It is likely that a storm of similar intensity would cause significantly higher insured loss were it to hit similarly populated area in the mainland United States.

Many homes on the island are traditionally constructed of the so-called "Bermuda Stone"--a locally quarried limestone--with some modern structures built of concrete blocks. Roofs are constructed using 18 inch-by-12 inch, one-inch thick, quarried limestone slates laid directly and cemented together, in an overlapping pattern, onto timber rafters. The pastel-colored houses, for which Bermuda is famous, with their lime-washed, "stepped" roofs, give the building stock in Bermuda a soft and serene feel. But these houses are also extremely strong and well built, and are capable of withstanding a severe hurricane reasonably well.


Additionally, their preparation is a community-driven effort. They do not leave loose objects about, be it lawn items or aluminium hangings. They store everything. There will still be damage and debris due to trees and secondary wooden infrastructures failing, but they really strive to keep such at a minimum and it really shows.
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This will go down as a significant and strong hit in the history of bermuda hurricanes.  Im not sure it will beat out fabian or 1926.  Southwesterly shear took a tole on the storm this morning from with 1300z recon showing decoupling near sfc winds in decreasing eyewall convection. Makes me thing it might have rapidly weakened from a 4 to a 2 in a couple hours. Also the storm struck at low tide and the track right over the island or just se reduced the overall surge. Just the fact the runway sensor has remained operational and not under water during the storm is telling. 

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What a remarkably unusual storm.  Spent a lifetime fighting off strong shear and now forecast to become a hurricane for the third time while under assault by 50 kts of shear and at a ridiculous latitude.  Convection looking relatively healthy and models are bullish.  Nicole just does not want to die.

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