[Updated at 9:02 p.m. ET] Tropical Storm Gert is gaining strength as it barrels toward the Atlantic island of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.
The storm system was about 255 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and "slowly strengthening" as it heads north, according to a 5 p.m. advisory from the center, which is part of the National Weather Service.
Equipment aboard U.S. Air Force aircraft recorded maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, with stronger gusts reported.
Gert's eye is forecast to go near or just east of Bermuda on Monday afternoon, prompting a tropical storm warning for the island. No other islands are similarly threatened, and the storm is expected to eventually turn northeast back out over open sea.FULL STORY
Authorities evacuated a plane at the airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday after one of three people loading the plane failed to produce identification and then disappeared, police said.
U.S. Airways Flight 1070 was bound for Bermuda with 102 passengers and five crew members, police said. It has been towed to a secure part of the airport.
Federal and local police at the Philadelphia International Airport were searching for a person in uniform who was not wearing identification on the tarmac, a law enforcement official said.
Just hours after the island took a beating from Hurricane Igor, blue skies returned to Bermuda on Monday as the storm moved out into the Atlantic.
"It's a different world, so to speak," CNN meteorologist Reynolds Wolf said, reporting from Bermuda.
The island was cleaning up and drying out after Igor's visit, but there were no reports of serious damage, injuries or deaths resulting from the Category 1 hurricane.
"Compared to Fabian, this is a good outcome," said Frank Stocek, property manager at the Elbow Beach resort. Hurricane Fabian caused extensive damage on Bermuda when it struck in 2003.