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Hurricane Bears Down on Bermuda

September 11, 2006 By: Dan Butcher Travel Agent

Hurricane Florence bore down on Bermuda Monday, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses as tourists who remained hunkered down inside, the AP reports. Bermuda was spared a direct hit by the eye of the storm, but forecasters said winds could cause substantial damage. At least 23,000 homes and businesses were without power. The Category 1 hurricane, which had maximum sustained winds near 90 mph, knocked down trees and utility poles but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. Bermuda International Airport was closed late Saturday and was expected to remain shuttered until Tuesday morning. All ferry and bus services were halted. Public schools and government offices were ordered closed Monday.

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