Hurricane Paulette makes rare landfall in Bermuda, grows to Category 2
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Paulette made a rare landfall in Bermuda early Monday and strengthened into a Category 2 storm just hours after the wealthy British territory shuttered schools, government agencies, and air and sea ports.
The eye of the storm passed over the island as government officials warned of heavy flooding given that the hit coincided with an unusually high tide.
Fewer than 10 hurricanes have made direct landfall on the tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic since the National Hurricane Center began tracking such disasters in the 1850s.
Paulette was centred 55 miles north-northwest of Bermuda on Monday morning and was moving away to the north-northwest at 13 miles per hour.
It had maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, according to the centre.
Forecasters said the island would experience hurricane-force winds for roughly seven hours. Power was out across much of the island.
National Security Minister Renee Ming urged people to stay indoors and reminded the more than 70,000 people who live on the island to protect themselves given the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You should be hunkering down to ride out the storm,” Ming said during a news conference on Sunday. “We’ll see you on the other side, safe.”
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