MONDAY, JULY 14, 9.45am: Airline flights to Bermuda have been cancelled as Tropical Storm Bertha buffets the island with 55-knot winds.

Bertha has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but remains a potential threat to Bermuda. Closest point of approach is expected to be today at 2pm, 42 nautical miles east of Bermuda. As of 9am this morning, Bertha had 55-knot winds and gusts to 60 knots.

The only flights that are scheduled to arrive today, according to Government's wesbite ( are the 6:20pm British Airways flight and 8:40pm American Airlines flight. The other 12 flights are cancelled.

The airport's website,, is reporting a "server error" and not allowing people to check on arrival and departure status of flights.

Buses are running as normal, but ferry service is limited to Hamilton Harbour due to the choppy seas. Commuters should phone 295-4506 to check about service later today.

Complaints are being aired this morning that no information was forthcoming from Government prior to people leaving for work and dropping children off for day care. Government day care centres are closed.

A statement is due from Government shortly.

Watch this space for further updates throughout the day.