The Emergency Measures Organization of Bermuda had a press conference at approximately 12:30 p.m. ADT Friday to inform residents to make preparations for Igor's approach.
According to Bermudasun.bm, Colonel Burch, head of the EMO, and Dr. Mark Guishard, director of the Bermuda Weather Service, spoke at a press conference to advise residents of Bermuda to secure their homes and to stay inside even when the worst of the wind has passed.
Burch told the press that a Royal Navy ship and helicopter are on standby off the coast of Bermuda to offer assistance after the strong winds of Igor damages the area.
Igor is currently a Category 2 hurricane, churning over the open waters of the Atlantic, and could strengthen further today. Tropical storm-force winds will reach Bermuda early Sunday, but the worst of the storm is expected to impact the island late Sunday.
The storm is expected to approach Bermuda as the weekend comes to a close. A massive storm surge will lead to coastal flooding, with the most destructive waves pounding the southern coast of the island as Igor approaches.
Rainfall totals will top a foot in spots as well, making major flooding problems likely. Peak wind gusts will reach 100 to 120 mph, which could severely damage buildings and down countless trees and power lines.
The airport will be closing this afternoon and remain closed until Monday. Guests are changing their flight plans, and some are leaving today.
An emergency shelter opened at Cedarbridge Academy Friday at 5:00 p.m. ADT for guests who will be unable to leave. "Friday will be the last day we are open and we may not take reservations again until Monday," said Peter Kovacs, a clerk at the Fourways Inn, in the Bahamas.
In addition to closing area hostels, Burch announced that government offices will be closed Monday and all schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
When winds reach 50 knots (60 mph), the causeway will also close.
Burch stressed that residents should avoid exploring the area for damages after the storm so crews will be able to better determine the damages.
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