Clear-up work was under way in the storm-lashed island of Bermuda on Friday after it bore the brunt of fearsome Hurricane Nicole. Rescue crews were dispatched to clear roads and engineers to inspect infrastructure hours after it was battered by 120mph winds and lashing rain. The worst of the weather dissipated overnight as many of the island's 65,000 residents ventured outside, despite the government urging them to remain indoors for their own safety. "There has been significant flooding in areas around the island and some severe road damages," said National Security minister Jeff Baron. "Obviously, we are also concerned about downed trees and downed power lines, which are live."
For a storm this size, I'd say we're blessed. I don't think any part of the island was spared the wrath of Nicole. But ... it could have been much worseBermuda premier Michael Dunkley
Hurricane Nicole snapped trees, peeled off roofs and flooded homes as it roared across the island on Thursday. The storm also damaged boats that broke away from their moorings and knocked out power to more than 27,000 customers who live on the island. Schools and government offices remained closed on Friday, while the island's international airport was expected to open around noon. The hurricane has weakened to a Category 2 storm as it churned towards the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
This is one of our main tasks — it’s something we do really well and we’re fully certified and well rehearsed to deal with the aftermath of a hurricaneCommanding officer Lt-Col David Curley, after soldiers were called in to help with the clean-up