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Hurricane Igor rapidly hits Category 4 in Atlantic.
It's not immediately threatening land.



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MIAMI — Hurricane Igor strengthened quickly over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, becoming a large and dangerous Category 4 storm as it churned menacingly westward.

Igor, now capable of causing catastrophic damage, posed no immediate threat to land or energy interests.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Igor packed top sustained winds of 135 miles per hour, making it a "major" Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity.

It was located about 1,120 miles east of the Caribbean's northern Leeward islands at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT).



Some additional strengthening of Igor was expected over the next three days but it was expected to fall just short of becoming a Category 5 storm, the Miami-based hurricane center said.



Computer models project Igor, which became the fourth hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season late on Saturday, would stay in the Atlantic for the coming days and not enter the Gulf of Mexico, where U.S. oil and gas operations are clustered.

Veteran forecaster Jeff Masters said on Sunday on his Weather Underground blog (www.wunderground.com) that Igor may threaten Bermuda but had only a small chance of making landfall on the U.S. East Coast or in Canada.

Masters and other forecasters said it was still too early to make any definitive predictions about Igor's long-term fate, however.

Behind Igor, the hurricane center said a tropical depression off the southernmost Cape Verde islands was likely to become Tropical Storm Julia later on Sunday.

The hurricane center was also monitoring a low pressure system over the east-central Caribbean that it said could develop into a tropical cyclone over the next couple of days.

The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season was predicted to be extremely active by most forecasters. Besides Igor, three hurricanes -- Alex, Danielle and Earl -- formed earlier in the season, the last two reaching Category 4 strength.

Several forecasters have said they expect the season to produce in all some five major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or stronger.





This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Igor churning in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.


 

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Igor - everyone thinks hurricane, but I keep thinking this:

 

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Ahhh you beat me to it!.:laughing:
 

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No its not just you:smack

So is this pronounced Hurricane Eye-gore or Hurricane Ee-gore?:huh:
I worked with a Russian by the name of Igor and his pronunciation was a third alternative. They actually say Igor as the English word "eager". Not to be a party-pooper.
 

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*breaking*

Tourists flee Bermuda as Igor nears.

'This storm will be a long and punishing one,' official says



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HAMILTON, Bermuda — Tourists lined up at Bermuda's airport hoping to board one of the last flights off the island and locals stocked up on emergency supplies Saturday in preparation for the approaching Hurricane Igor while Mexicans mourned at least five killed by Hurricane Karl.




An extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane earlier in the week, Igor was still a Category 2 storm, and officials warned that its pounding rains and driving winds could be deadly.

"This storm will be a long and punishing one," Public Safety Minister David Burch said.

"The potential for injury and physical damage is great."





High surf kicked up by the storm has already swept two people out to sea in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far to the south.

Several people in the Bahamas stared mesmerized at the 12- to 15-foot waves, including Peter Mills, 44, who took his wife and two children to John Smith's Bay Park to watch.

"It's absolutely spectacular, but it's probably going to be absolutely horrifying come the next couple of days," Mills said.

Tropical-storm-force winds were forecast to start battering Bermuda Saturday night, with the hurricane expected to pass directly overhead or nearby late Sunday 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 360 miles south of Bermuda.

It was headed north-northwest and expected to curve toward the British Atlantic territory.

Hotel cancellations were reported across Bermuda, popular with tourists for its pink sand beaches and with businesspeople as an offshore financial haven.

Sophie Dier, a spokeswoman for Elbow Beach hotel, said it was almost fully booked for the weekend until a business group and a wedding party canceled. Now the hotel will be around 10 percent full, she said.

Two Fairmont hotels also reported a 20 to 40 percent drop in occupancy.

"We have been proactively advising our guests to reschedule their travel plans," said Shelley Meszoly, Fairmont's regional marketing director.

Bermudians were planning ahead and buying up supplies, said Mark Stearns, vice president of Masters Ltd., a home and garden store in the capital of Hamilton.

"We've sold out of generators, tarpaulins, buckets, rope, screws, bottled water, coolers, even trash cans and plastic sheeting," he said.
"Anything people can use to secure their homes."

Schools will close Monday and Tuesday, and a local newspaper said it will not print a Monday edition.

This decision has not been taken lightly," editor Bill Zuill wrote in an article published Saturday.
"It will be the first time in living memory that The Royal Gazette has missed an edition."

The government planned to close the L. F. Wade International Airport by Saturday afternoon and likely reopen it Monday. A causeway from the east end of the island to the rest of Bermuda was also to be closed.

The last plane to leave was a British Airways flight bound for London, which departed three hours earlier than usual.

Aboard was Jane Royden, 47, and her husband, both from Birmingham, England.

"We are quite relieved to be leaving and concerned for the safety of the island and everyone here," said Royden, who cut her two-week vacation short by a week.

Traveller's Boat Works marina was running out of space for all the vessels whose owners wanted them out of the water, and arranged to turn a nearby church parking lot into a makeshift boat yard.

"They pushed the panic button basically between Thursday night and yesterday," said marina operator Kristy Roberts.

"I had maybe 20 boats to mess with, now I'm up to possibly 40 ... and I think it's going to go well over that."

Bistro at The Beach, a popular bar and restaurant in Hamilton, reported a busy Friday night ahead of the storm.




"I guess people are making the most of getting out and partying," manager Duncan Adams said.

"They're going to be cooped up in their homes from today."






In 2003, Hurricane Fabian killed four people when it hit Bermuda as a Category 3 hurricane.





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