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Bermuda braces for Hurricane Igor; Karl dissipates over Mexico

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Tourists lined up to catch the last flights off Bermuda, and locals stocked up on emergency supplies Saturday, preparing for approaching Hurricane Igor, while Mexicans mourned at least seven killed by Hurricane Karl.

Karl's remnants soaked the south-central portions of Mexico, and authorities sent helicopters to rescue dozens of people stranded by flooding and to hunt for others feared washed away.

Igor, a deadly Category 4 hurricane earlier in the week, was still a Category 2 storm. "This storm will be a long and punishing one," Bermuda Public Safety Minister David Burch said. "The potential for injury and physical damage is great."

Tropical storm-force winds were forecast to start battering Bermuda Saturday night, and forecasters said Igor could bring 6 to 9 inches of rain and cause significant coastal flooding. Igor was expected to pass directly overhead or nearby late today or early Monday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Around midday, Igor had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was located about 325 miles south of Bermuda. Hurricane-force winds extended about 90 miles from the storm's center, and it was headed north-northwest and expected to curve toward the British Atlantic territory.

Bermuda braces for Hurricane Igor; Karl dissipates over Mexico 09/18/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:16pm]
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