Wide-spread damage and flooding was caused in Bermuda as a hurricane gusting up to 125 mph struck the island nation yesterday.

Flights were cancelled as L F Wade airport was shut ahead of the storm making landfall. Ferry services were also suspended while schools and government offices closed.

Power was lost to more than 16,000 homes as Hurricane Nicole made a direct hit. Motorists were urged to stay off roads as a clean-up started last night.

National security minister Jeff Baron said: “As we continue to assess the damages around the Island I want to again make a plea to residents to please stay off the roads.

“We recognise that there has been significant flooding in areas around the Island and some severe road damages.

“Obviously we are also concerned about downed trees and downed power lines which are live.

“So out of an abundance of caution, I’m urging the public to please stay off the roads and inside to ensure that all necessary work can proceed safely.” 

Premier Michael Dunkley told Reuters: “At this point, there is no indication of any loss of life or serious injuries.”