Bermuda residents take shelter from Fiona’s gale-force winds

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 Bermuda residents boarded up their windows and stocked up on groceries and batteries for flashlights on Thursday shortly before Hurricane Fiona hit, after the storm killed several people and left thousands homeless. electricity in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Scott Barnes, who fishes for mahi-mahi and tuna, was adding three or four anchors to a boat moored just offshore and planned to move his other two boats into a protective cove to shield them from the worst of the Category 4 storm.

“I’m taking it seriously,” he said.

On Thursday, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour and was located about 735 kilometers southwest of Bermuda and moving north-northeast at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour, reported the National Hurricane Center (CNH ) from the United States.

A hurricane warning remained in effect for all of Bermuda, home to more than 60,000 people, with the eye of the storm expected to pass just to the west of the islands on Thursday night, CNH said.

Even on its current track, hurricane-force winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour could hit the island Thursday night. In addition, torrential rains are forecast for the area.

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