A new $2 million weather radar system was officially launched in Bermuda with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Cooper’s Island in St David’s yesterday.

Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Tourism and Transport, said the new Doppler radar system will improve the ability of the Bermuda Weather Service and came in $30,000 under budget.

Mr. DeSilva added: “To have a reliable radar system is critical adding that “The Bermuda Airport Authority did a wonderful job installing the system with minimal outage time and under budget at a cost of $2.01 million, versus the capital budget cost of $2.04 million.”

The former radar system was installed in 2004, but had to be replaced because of “reliability issues”.

The old radar was retired in March and dismantled to provide space for the new and more advanced doppler system.

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