At the moment, we are all just confined to our homes and there's a bit of a strong breeze out there. With all the shutters closed though, it feels a bit like a bunker. But then again I am a bit more sheltered than most, what with living in the 'city'. Just read on Twitter that over 3,650 homes have lost power so it's getting a little challenging for some of us already.
It's been a waiting game the whole week, with Stormpulse getting more hits in Bermuda than Facebook this week I'm sure. It's a pretty cool tracking device, you can see the various paths that the storm forecast to take and even turn the clouds on/off - nice touch.
At one stage, it was looking pretty hairy for us as it was potentially going to be a direct hit for Bermuda from a Category four hurricane but as of this morning it's been downgraded to Category one, so that's just 85mph winds, no problemo (apparently!).
It's been a crazy weather week in the Atlantic basin, it's the first time since 1926 that two category four hurricane have existed simultaneously, with Igor's buddy Julia joining in the fun. Meanwhile Karl has been taking on Mexico.
Jim Cantore, the Weather Channel's living legend, arrived on the island on Friday and I'm told that a sure sign things are getting serious.
There's been a run on batteries, flashlights, candles, radios, island-wide. I picked up AA, AAA, C and D batteries just to be on the safe side. Not quite sure I have anything to put the C batteries into but at least I'm prepared. Then I've also bought a whole range of canned goods, if it comes in a tin I've probably got it. In my research, I've stumbled across a whole host of no cook recipes to use my store cupboard contents in. Yum.
Yesterday it was just plain eerie on the island. The sky was white, the harbour looked like plate glass but was ominously bulging. We took the obligatory trip to the south shore to check out the storm surge. Considering this was 36 hours in advance it was pretty awesome to see.
Front Street was like a ghost town with shopfronts boarded up ready.
The airport closed early evening and with that went the last chance to flee the island . Gulp!
So now we wait... as does UK Royal Navy’s HMS Manchester, a Type-42 Destroyer, sitting just outside Bermuda waters in case of emergencies. Reassuring.
See you on the other side, world!
More photos and a video here.