Hurricane Igor has been steadily battering Bermuda since the wee hours of this morning, and the situation will only improve slightly as the night progresses and during the day tomorrow.
As of 835PM Central time, the center of Hurricane Igor was located about 50 miles due west of the small Atlantic island. Information from the Bermuda Weather Service indicates that sustained winds on Bermuda have been at or near hurricane force all day, with gusts well into the 90 MPH range. Massive waves, a 7 foot storm surge, and unconfirmed reports of tornadoes on the northeast side of the island are also a result of Igor.
The Royal Gazette reports that no injuries have been directly attributed to the hurricane, and that 21,000 customers are without power across the island. L.F. Wade Airport, which serves as the major airport on the island, will reopen tomorrow after the worst of the storm subsides. Public schools on Bermuda will be closed through Tuesday as officials assess the damage.
The official Bermuda weather station, located at the L.F. Wade Airport, has recorded tropical storm force winds for 11 hours as of this posting, and the National Hurricane Center expects that tropical storm conditions will continue across the island until midday Monday.
|Radar image of Hurricane Igor from 10:31 Atlantic Time. Hurricane symbol added by me to denote center of the storm. Image credit: Bermuda Weather Service|
|Weather data from L.F. Wade Airport in Hamilton, Bermuda. Screenshot of chart from Bermuda Weather Service.|
|Satellite image of Hurricane Igor from 815 PM Central Time. Bermuda marker added by me. Image credit: National Hurricane Center|