The island of Bermuda is approximately 21 square miles and sits smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So what the odds that a tropical storm could make a direct hit on it in mid-October after a quiet hurricane season?
Pretty good, apparently. Mother Nature has exceptional aim.
Dear PGA Grand Slam of Golf ... Tropical Storm Fay would like to play through, please.
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On Friday, the National Hurricane Center spotted a tropical depression forming in the Atlantic, some 500 miles south of Bermuda. Reconnaissance airplanes on Saturday found that the storm had intensified. Now known as Tropical Storm Fay, the storm made a beeline for Bermuda, striking the island Sunday morning with near-hurricane force winds.
The PGA of America's Julius Mason tweeted a photo from his location on the island:
And Martin Kaymer added a photo to his Facebook album, showing some of the damage near the Fairmont Southampton hotel with the comment: "Not exaaaaaaactly what you expect in Bermudas."
According to Bermuda Electric Light Company, as many as 27,000 customers were without power Sunday morning because of numerous downed trees. Port Royal Golf Club, host course for the two-day tournament featuring winners of this year's major tournament, canceled play for the remainder of Sunday, according to this tweet:
PGA historian Bob Denney found out this tidbit of information:
However, the weather is expected to improve significantly for the rest of the week, once Fay moves farther to the east and begins to dissipate. The forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.