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Bermuda holidays affected by Hurricane Igor

  • 23-Sep-10 09:30
  • Bermuda
  • Holiday Industry

After the passing of Hurrican Igor, Bermuda was left with widespread floods and power cuts to many homes, even when most travellers enjoying Bermuda holidays were practically undisturbed inside their hotels, the country is now picking up the pieces.

Bermuda holidays affected by Hurricane Igor

Bermuda holidays were put on hold for many travellers as the island was recently battered by high-winds and lashing rain when Hurricane Igor passed through the Caribbean nation moving in an upward motion towards the Caribbean's north-east.

After the passing of the hurricane widespread flooding was reported, with power cut to thousands of homes and a brief interruption to those enjoying Bermuda holidays in the Caribbean.

And now, while the storm has been downgraded to a category one hurricane by the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC), and Bermuda holidays are officially free from the effects of the storm, officials have warned it could be the worst storm the British overseas territory has ever seen and Caribbean holidays in other regions could still suffer.

In preparation for this, a British Navy frigate and helicopter are anchored offshore, ready to assist with relief efforts.

The eye of the hurricane passed just north-west of the islands earlier this morning, but with winds reaching as far as 90 miles from the centre, more substantial damage is feared, especially for northern areas in the Caribbean, such as Florida.

The NHC – based in Miami - said gusts ranged up to 93 mph.

However, Hurricane Igor is now expected to move away from the region affecting Caribbean holidays and move toward the U.S. eastern seaboard instead, heading straight to Florida and possibly continuing further north.

Further north Canadian officials are preparing for impact. Oil exploration firm Husky Energy said it would evacuate all 110 personnel from the oil rig Henry Goodrich as a precautionary measure.

The organisation predicted Igor would veer north-east away from the United States during Monday, although forecasters warned the storm could still cause high surf and strong rip currents along the US eastern seaboard.

Following the impact Bermuda’s power utility reported roughly 19,500 customers had lost electricity from a total of 68,000 inhabitants.

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