Tropical Storm Karl Does Minimal Damage As It Passes Bermuda


Bermuda was spared major damage when Tropical Storm Karl passed. (Photo credit: Bernews)

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sunday September 25, 2016
– No major damage was reported as Tropical Storm Karl passed southeast of Bermuda early yesterday.

The storm lashed the island with strong winds and its heavy rains caused flood in some low-lying areas. Just over 800 Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) customers also lost power.

But National Security Minister Jeff Baron said there were no casualties.

“Thankfully, there have been no reports of injury or property damage. I also express my thanks to the public for their cooperation and support overnight by staying off the roads and allowing emergency services full access as needed,” he said yesterday morning.

The Bermuda Weather Service later discontinued all watches and warnings as Tropical Storm Karl moved away from the island and turned toward the open water.

At 5 a.m. today, a slightly stronger Karl was racing northeastward over the North Atlantic and was about 635 miles south of Cape Race Newfoundland.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said that its maximum sustained winds had increased to 70 mph and some additional strengthening was expected over 24 hours.

“Karl is expected to be at hurricane intensity when it becomes a post-tropical cyclone later today. The post-tropical cyclone will be absorbed by a large extratropical low tonight or early Monday,” it said.

It poses no threat to land, however.

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