Hurricane Igor is set to hit Bermuda late Sunday night with sustained winds now at 85 mph. Hurricane Igor is still a very dangerous hurricane so Bermuda is hunkering down and prepared for what will happen when the hurricane hits.
Bermuda is going to get a direct hit from hurricane Igor. This hurricane looks to be one of the worst storms to hit their shores. The center will pass over the island sometime late Sunday night according to models from the hurricane center. Rainfall predictions are set to be six to nine inches. With the surge from Igor, there will likely be significant coastal flooding with destructive waves along the southern coast.
Ewart Brown Bermuda Premier stated in a news conference, “Our country and our people have throughout our history rarely faced the full fury of a storm of this magnitude.” Restaurants and shops spent time boarding windows and residents bought supplies like batteries, food, fuel and candles to be prepared for a direct hit from hurricane Igor.
Hurricane Fabian in 2003 killed four people and caused a lot of damage and Bermuda’s government warned residents to prepare for a direct hit similar to Fabian from Igor.
Early Sunday morning Igor was 235 miles south of Bermuda with sustained winds of 90 mph. This is still a large hurricane that will cause damage.
The United States East Coast will also feel the affects of hurricane Igor with large swells expected through Monday. Swells of this size will cause life threatening rip currents and surf. Therefore staying out of the water is the best option until the storm passes.
Hurricane force winds stretch 90 miles from the center of Igor and tropical storm force winds stretch 345 miles from the center. This is a large hurricane and residents need to be prepared.
Although Hurricane Igor is a category 1 hurricane, it is still dangerous. Boaters, swimmers and surfers need to stay clear of the waters until the storm has passed. This includes the United States Eastern shores. Rip currents can exceed lengthwise up to 2500 feet. However, they usually are 30 feet lengthwise and move over five miles per hour and sometimes faster. You will not spot it until it is too late. Amy Godsey State Meteorologist said, “Area beach conditions will be rough and rip currents can be life threatening to anyone entering the water along Florida’s East Coast this weekend. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Florida beach and boating experience. Beachgoers and surfers should check the rip current outlook and remember the warning flag signs before going into the water.”
Hurricane Igor as of Sunday morning is a category 1 hurricane set to have a direct hit for Bermuda.