Dean Passes Bermuda With Winds Exceeding 105 mph, Rain
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ Hurricane Dean swept past Bermuda Sunday with heavy rain and winds up to 113 mph, causing minor damage but no injuries before it continued north into the Atlantic.
Power lines were ripped down, cutting electrical service to many of the island’s 65,000 residents.
About 20 pleasure 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.
A police spokesmen, Inspector Roger Sherrett, said no injuries were reported.
″I think everyone was far better prepared for Dean than they were for Hurricane Emily in 1987,″ he said.
The National Hurricane Center at Coral Gables, Fla., said early Monday that it had discontinued a hurricane warning for Bermuda but warned small craft to remain in port because of high winds and seas.
Most commercial flights were canceled Sunday, but Sherrett said flights should resume their normal schedules on Monday.
Forecasters said the storm was expected to stay out of range of the continental United States but could cause problems for shipping interests.
The winds reached their peak over Bermuda at about 2 p.m. EDT.
Lt. Caron Ruppe at Bermuda’s U.S. Naval Air Station said the winds gusted up to 113 mph at about 2 p.m. EDT. ″We are now just catching the southern trailing edge of Dean,″ she said at 6 p.m. EDT when gusts were down to 57 mph.
She also said the center of the hurricane came within 15 miles of Bermuda.
Hamilton’s streets were deserted as Dean brushed by the island, but by dusk there was some traffic and the city was returning to normal.
The hurricane center in Florida said information received at the center indicated the storm caused no fatalities and only minimal damage. It 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 Monday.
It said that Dean’s maximum sustained winds were 105 mph over a small area near the center with gusts near 120 mph and tropical-storm force winds extended outward 125 miles to the east and 75 miles to the west of the center.
Police Sgt. John Instone of Bermuda’s emergency services said one coastal road was blocked and large parts of the island were without power.
Stores on Saturday did a brisk trade in candles and flashlights as residents recalled the power cuts of September 1987, after Hurricane Emily rampaged across the island.
The U.S. Naval Air Station was one of the worst hit parts of the island when Emily struck shore.
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 islands before shifting north late in the week.
A hurricane warning was posted for Bermuda on Saturday as Dean churned north on a path heading for the island.