[Updated at 8:05 p.m.] Winds and rain associated with Hurricane Igor lashed Bermuda on Sunday ahead of the storm's arrival, forecasters said, as the island braced for a potential direct hit.
The official weather-observing site on Bermuda reported sustained winds of 61 mph (98 kph) with a gust to 76 mph (122 kph), above hurricane force, the National Hurricane Center said. A gust of 89 mph (143 kph) was earlier reported at an elevated observation site.
As of 5 p.m. ET Sunday, Igor's center was about 85 miles (135 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and moving north at about 15 mph (24 kph). The storm was a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), but forecasters said its intensity was not expected to diminish further before it approached Bermuda.
[Original post, 11:31 a.m.] Bermuda was experiencing hurricane-force wind gusts on Sunday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Igor, which could make a direct hit on the island.
Stronger winds are yet to come as Igor inches closer, the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm conditions and squalls had already been reported on Bermuda.
As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Igor was about 135 miles (220 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda and moving north at about 16 mph (26 kph), the hurricane center said. The storm was a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph), but "Igor is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it moves near or over Bermuda," the hurricane center