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Igor passes near Bermuda as Category 1 hurricane

Sep 20, 2010 5:57:00 AM - thestate.com
Hurricane Igor swept past Bermuda, lashing at the Atlantic island with high winds and furious waves as power failed in many areas, plunging people hunkered down at home into darkness and leaving officials waiting for Monday's sunrise to assess damage.

The storm, which had weakened to barely a Category 1 hurricane as it approached the British territory Sunday, passed about 40 miles (65 kilometers) to the west just before midnight but sustained hurricane-strength winds of 75 mph (120 kph) battered the island. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said gusts ranged up to 93 mph (150 kph).

A hurricane warning that had been in effect for Bermuda was downgraded early Monday to a tropical storm warning. Meanwhile, a tropical storm watch was issued for the coast of Newfoundland in Canada.

Igor was predicted to veer northeast away from the United States, although forecasters said it would still cause high surf and strong rip currents along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

Wind whipped around trees and power poles on Bermuda, while furious waves crashed over breakwaters and bridges and yachts strained at their moorings. There were no early reports of major damage, although power was out in many areas and communications were spotty.

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