Last night, I wrote to
you that our next meeting on September 9th is District Governor’s
day. Since then I have found out that our District Governor David “Sully”
Sullivan is not able to come. The reason is the disaster in
HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - Thousands of residents of Bermuda were still without power on Sunday as the mid-Atlantic British colony cleared felled trees and debris from Hurricane Fabian's devastating hit.
There was no official estimate of damage yet, but Fabian's 120-mph winds appeared to have damaged or destroyed the roofs of several thousand homes and businesses when it roared over the 22-square-mile island on Friday.
Four people, three of them police
officers, were missing and presumed dead after their two cars were swept from a
causeway into the ocean during the storm, the most powerful hurricane to hit
Fabian ripped roofs from buildings, damaged some hotels, felled trees and power lines on the island, an offshore financial center and tourist playground that is home to 62,000.
At one point, some 25,000 homes and businesses -- out of 32,000 customers of the Bermuda Electric Light Company, or BELCO -- were without power. By Sunday afternoon, power had been restored to 11,000 of those customers, said BELCO spokeswoman Linda Smith.
"We are in the clean-up mode," said government spokeswoman Nea Talbot.
giant XL Capital Ltd., which has its headquarters in
workers were still searching for the four missing people, after finding their
cars on Saturday. "The whole of
All major roads on the small island were cleared, but there were still thousands of trees and branches by the roadsides.
grayish black rocks all along the south shore off
With Fabian's fierce assault forecast well before it hit, most residents stocked up with supplies such as food, flashlights and buckets.
On Sunday at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), Fabian was about 360 miles south of Cape Race Newfoundland, near latitude 41.4 north, longitude 52.2 west, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (news - web sites) in Miami said. Carrying maximum winds of up to 90 mph, it was heading northeast at around 25 mph and was expected to continue on this course over the next 24 hours, forecasters said.
New York Rotary President Greg Lynch wrote the following message today to District Governor Sully:
Dear Governor Sully,
I understand that as a
result of Hurricane Fabian,
The people of
Under the circumstances,
the members of
The Rotary Club of
The disaster in Bermuda is upsetting to compassionate Rotarians around the world and it is even more upsetting to us, because Bermuda is located in our own Rotary District 7230.
Governor Sully and other
We will have our Rotary meeting
tomorrow on Tuesday September 9th and we can discuss at that meeting
what we can do to help our fellow Rotarians in
Last time we had a major
disaster in our Rotary District, was the World Trade Center Disaster on
September 11th, 2001. That happened in our backyard. The Fabian
Hurricane Disaster happened in the backyard of our
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