Hurricane rips roofs, cuts power in Bermuda, but no deaths

Damage from Hurricane Humberto that swiped Bermuda (Photo via BERNEWS)
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FLORIDA, USA (AP) — Hurricane Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees, and knocked out power as it blew past the British Atlantic island of Bermuda. But officials said yesterday that the category 3 storm caused no reported deaths.
“We’ve made it through and everyone is safe,” Premier David Burt said. “That’s what is most important.”

Security Minister Wayne Caines said schools and government offices would remain closed and he asked people to stay off roads while emergency crews clear them and remove power lines damaged by the hurricane, which had winds of about 120 mph (195 kph) at its nearest approach Bermuda Wednesday night.

He said that 28,000 customers on the island of 70,000 people remained without power in the morning.

The US National Hurricane Center said Humberto still had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) early yesterday, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward for 405 miles (650 kilometres), covering a huge swath of ocean off New England and Nova Scotia. The storm was centred about 250 miles (400 kilometres) north-northeast of Bermuda and moving to the east-northeast at a brisk 22 mph (35 kph).

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