Hurricane Causes Extensive Damage, No Injuries in Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ Hurricane Dean, packing winds of more than 100 mph, ripped down power lines, damaged homes and sank pleasure boats on this Atlantic resort island before rolling farther north.
No injuries were immediately reported, but electrical service to many of the island’s 65,000 residents was cut off when the hurricane hit Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center at Coral Gables, Fla., early today discontinued a hurricane warning for Bermuda but warned small craft to remain in port because of high winds and seas.
A police spokesmen, Inspector Roger Sherrett, said commercial flights were to resume their normal schedules today after most flights were canceled Sunday.
In Atlanta, Delta Airlines spokesman Jim Lundy said flights to Bermuda resumed at 9:30 a.m. EDT. In New York, American Airlines said their 9 a.m. flight left for Bermuda as scheduled.
Forecasters said the storm was expected to stay out of range of the continental United States but could cause problems for shippers.
Police Sgt. John Instone of Bermuda’s emergency services said one coastal road was blocked and large parts of the island were without power.
About 20 boats, most of them moored in the Hamilton harbor, were reported sunk or adrift. About 15 homes were damaged from flooding and winds that tore apart roofs and knocked down walls.
″I think everyone was far better prepared for Dean than they were for Hurricane Emily in 1987,″ Sherrett said.
No one was killed in that storm, but there was $35 million in damage, officials have said.
The winds reached their peak over Bermuda at about 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, gusting up to 113 mph, said Lt. Caron Ruppe at Bermuda’s U.S. Naval Air Station.
She said the center of the hurricane came within 15 miles of Bermuda.
The hurricane center in Florida said the storm dumped three to five inches of rain.
The center said that at midnight Sunday the center of the hurricane was near latitude 35.0 north and longitude 64.8 west or 185 miles north of Bermuda. It reported the storm was moving north at about 17 mph and would gradually turn toward the northeast and weaken somewhat today.
Dean, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, became a tropical storm Monday night, passed the hurricane threshold of 74 mph winds Tuesday and threatened the northern Caribbean before shifting north.