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Hurricane rips roofs and cuts power in Bermuda, but no deaths

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 10:27 AM
Workers take down a tent frame in preparation for Hurricane Humberto in Hamilton, Bermuda, Wednesday, September 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Akil J. Simmons)

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power as it blew past the British Atlantic island of Bermuda.

But officials said Thursday that the Category 3 storm caused no reported deaths.

“We’ve made it through and everyone is safe,” Premier David Burt said. “That’s what is most important.”

Security Minister Wayne Caines said schools and government offices would remain closed and he asked people to stay off roads while emergency crews clear them and remove power lines damaged by the hurricane, which had winds of about 120 miles per hour at its nearest approach the Bermuda Wednesday night.

He said Thursday that 28,000 customers on the island of 70,000 people remained without power in the morning.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Humberto would still kick up high surf in Bermuda and along the U.S. East Coast.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of at 110 miles per hour  late Thursday morning, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward for 405 miles, covering a huge swath of ocean.

The storm was centred about 415 miles northeast of Bermuda and moving to the northeast at a brisk 24 miles per hour.

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