HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Fay strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic on Sunday afternoon after sweeping past Bermuda with strong winds and felling trees and knocking out power to thousands in the British territory.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday afternoon that Fay carried top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour). It added that the storm was expected to weaken below hurricane status on Sunday night. Fay was about 290 miles (465 km) northeast of Bermuda and moving toward the east-northeast.
A Category 1 storm is at the low end of the five-stage Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity.
Fay knocked power out for at least 18,000 homes in Bermuda in the early hours of Sunday, officials said. Crews worked through the night to restore electricity after severe winds brought down power lines. Trees were also uprooted, including at Government House, where the British governor resides, and road signs were brought down.
Bermuda has strict building codes and is well prepared for storms that sweep across the Atlantic during the June-through-November hurricane season.
Written by Samantha Strangeways
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