While Hurricane Igor may still be nearly 200 miles from Bermuda, its effects are already being felt on the island this morning. Driving rain, high surf, and strong winds are but an early indicator that the powerful storm is on its way and headed for landfall.
Latest indications are that Igor has weakened slightly and is now a Category 1 storm packing winds of 85 mph. The sheer size of the storm though is seen in its wind fields which show hurricane force winds extending 90 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extending 345 miles out.
The storm is 192 miles south-southeast of Bermuda this morning and moving toward the north at 13 mph. On its current forecast path the storm will past just to the west of the island this evening or tonight. Its slow and deliberate pace ensures that the island is in for a long wait for the storm to pass and its effects to subside.
- In pictures – View the slideshow for the latest forecast track and satellite images of Hurricane Igor
- Live video – Watch Hurricane Igor as it pounds the island of Bermuda
- Video – Video from NASA taken aboard the International Space Station shows Hurricane Igor and Hurricane Julia
Large and destructive waves with dangerous storm surge are expected along the southern coast of Bermuda and 6 to 9 inches of rain is forecast. Heavy surf was already being seen late yesterday and the rain has begun to increase in intensity overnight.
Wind gusts at L.F. Wade International Airport have reached 52 mph early this morning. The facility shut down operations yesterday afternoon and is not expected to reopen until Monday. Cruise lines have rerouted ships that were destined for the tropical island to other locales.
The power provider on the island, BELCO, is reporting that 3,650 customers have lost power already, long before the worst of the storm has hit. Officials are urging residents to use extreme caution with a storm that the Director of Bermuda Weather Service, Dr. Mark Guishard, “Even if the center of this system misses the island, we will experience significant impacts,”
The British territory is mobilizing military forces anticipating they will be needed throughout the storm and in the aftermath. The British Regiment is deploying medics and radio specialists and the destroyer HMS Manchester is on standby and ready to lend support from its 280 person crew.
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On the net:
- Bermuda Weather Service live radar
- Resources for Hurricane Igor
- Google Map – Hurricane Igor storm reports in Bermuda (Courtesy All Hazards)