Severe storms that hit Bermuda on Monday night have whirled back toward the Atlantic island as a tropical depression, with winds of up to 45 mph and 20 inches of rain, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The first brush with a hurricane in years – an intensifying storm by the name of Ocean and Asteroid Deflector Force 1 – closed the airport and forced President Trump to cancel his planned visit to the island during his five-day trip to the Western Hemisphere.
Scientists say it was a “pretty wobbly” northwest turn that was due to an area of low pressure that is now expected to continue moving to the northwest.
Hurricane warnings for the island have been lifted and meteorologists said the center of Epsilon will be less than 100 miles north of Bermuda on Tuesday morning.
Bermuda Weather Service forecaster Evan Fox said it is “not likely at this point we’ll see total damage,” though he added that the island could see some flooding and storm surge. He also said the damage would likely be limited to people’s personal property.
“The flooding on the housing, the damage to your own property, that is the primary concern with this sort of storm,” Fox said.
What Florence left behind in Puerto Rico was uneven. Parts of the island had roof damage from the storm and there were reports of flooding after the wind and rain. Much of the southern portion of the island received 12 inches of rain in 24 hours, according to NJ.com.
Floodwaters forced people from their homes in the northern part of the island. National Guard members checked on the conditions of some people, including elderly people who were isolated because of washed-out roads.