Igor Passes Near Bermuda As Category 1 Hurricane

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Bermuda – Hurricane Igor swept past Bermuda and kept lashing at the Atlantic island with high winds and furious waves on Monday as power failures in many areas plunged people hunkered down at home into darkness.The storm knocked boats from their moorings and littered the tiny British territory with downed trees and branches, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries. Igor weakened to just above hurricane status before its center passed about 40 miles (65 kilometers) to the west just before midnight. Winds of 75 mph (120 kph) battered the island, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said gusts ranged up to 93 mph (150 kph). By midday Monday, the hurricane's center was about 275 miles (445 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda and it was heading to the north-northeast at 24 mph (39 kph), the Hurricane Center reported. A tropical storm watch was issued for the coast of Newfoundland in Canada.gor was predicted to veer northeast away from the United States, although forecasters said it would still cause high surf and strong rip currents along the U.S. eastern seaboard.