A shell of it’s former self, Igor hit Bermuda as a Category 1 storm with wind gusts to 93 mph according the The National Hurricane Center. It was not nearly as strong as last week when it had winds of 150 mph. After nearly two weeks of watching in the open water of the Atlantic, Hurricane Igor hit Bermuda passed Bermuda on it’s west side within 40 miles, and now charges into the coldest water of the North Atlantic where it will gradually weaken.
Trees were uprooted and knowcked down, but not widespread damge reports yet. This island, 600 miles east of the United States is not stranger to strong storms. Bermuda’s building codes specify that homes must be built with walls at least eight inches thick, and be able to withstand 150 mph gusts and sustained winds of 110 mph. Some power and phone lines are underground.
Power Outages: 19,500 out of the 68,000 residents
Waves: 15 feet.
National Hurricane Center update:
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 135 MI…215 KM N OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 1045 MI…1685 KM SW OF CAPE RACE NEWFOUNDLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 25 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…32 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…957 MB…28.26 INCHES
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* THE COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND FROM STONES COVE NORTHWARD AND WESTWARD
TO JONES HARBOUR
Hurricane 2010 Forecast Pages
* 2010 Hurricane Season: Atlantic Names
* 2010 NOAA Hurricane season outlook graphics
* 2010 Hurricane Season: NOAA forecast for a very active year
* 2010 Hurricane Season: Accuweather calls for active year and major landfalls
* Hurricane Season 2010 forecast video: Chimp takes on NOAA
* Interactive Hurricane Tracker
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The database for developing tropical storms for the Atlantic goes back to 1851, while the eastern Pacific dates back to 1949.
Hurricane Awareness Week Links
* Hurricane Awareness Week: History of storms 1900-1979
* Hurricane Awareness Week: History of Atlantic storms 1980-2005
* Hurricane Awareness Week: Storm surge highlights oil danger on Louisiana coast
* Hurricane Awareness Week: Inland Flooding
* What is Storm Surge?