Hur­ri­cane pum­mels Ber­muda with wind, then spins away

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Hur­ri­cane Ni­cole roared across Ber­muda on Thurs­day, pum­mel­ing the re­sort is­land with winds up to 115 mph that snapped trees and peeled off roofs be­fore the storm spun away into open wa­ter.

The Cat­e­gory 3 system also flooded homes, dam­aged boats that broke away from their moor­ings and knocked out power to more than 27,000 cus­tomers who live in the Bri­tish ter­ri­tory, which has sturdy in­fra­struc­ture and is ac­cus­tomed to heavy weather.

By late Thurs­day af­ter­noon, crews were clear­ing roads, and many is­landers were post­ing pictures of calmer seas and clearer skies.

“Ni­cole is now rac­ing away,” said James Dodg­son, deputy di­rec­tor at the Ber­muda Weather Ser­vice. Fore­cast­ers ex­pected to can­cel a trop­i­cal storm warn­ing later in the evening.

Hours ear­lier, Ber­muda’s 65,000 peo­ple got a brief respite from the storm’s fury when the eye of the hur­ri­cane passed over­head.

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