Bermuda survives Igor's fury

Bermuda woke to the aftermath of one of its worst hurricanes today.

Hurricane Igor lashed the British territory with high winds and furious waves as power failed in many areas.

Winds of 75 mph with gusts over 90 mph were recorded although there were no early reports of major damage.

“We’re certainly getting our money’s worth in drama,” lawyer James Dodi said while standing outside a hotel in the capital Hamilton watching Igor’s winds whip through palm trees and howl around buildings.

Flooding was reported in low-lying areas of Bermuda, while streets in Hamilton were covered in several inches of water and littered with tree branches and other debris.

Most Bermudians played it safe and stayed at home, listening to the howling winds and cracking thunder outside.

School head Marion Dyer, 47, said she holed up with her eight-year-old daughter and two others after losing power around dawn yesterday.

Many tourists flew home before the airport closed on Saturday. Hotel cancellations were reported across Bermuda, which is about 600 miles off the US coast and popular for its pink sand beaches and with businesspeople as an offshore financial haven.

Bermuda’s building rules specify that homes must be built with walls at least eight inches thick, and be able to withstand 150 mph gusts and sustained winds of 110 mph.

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