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Bermudans bracing for Colin


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HAMILTON, Bermuda – Residents were yesterday bracing themselves for the arrival of a resurgent Tropical Storm Colin which is expected to come within 30 miles of the Bermuda tonight.The third named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season gathered strength on Thursday after it had weakened to a tropical depression earlier this week.Metrological officials said the storm, packing winds of almost 60 miles per hour, could develop into a hurricane and the government was urging the public to stock up on essential goods, water and torchlights.Home Affairs Minister David Burch said the latest information from the Bermuda Weather Service indicated that the storm was expected to come within 27 miles of the island late tonight and that the island could expect tropical storm force until tomorrow morning.“The onset of tropical storm force winds of 30 to 40 knots is expected [this] afternoon. The onset of intermittent 50-knot winds are expected [this] evening, from around 6 p.m., with the cessation of 40 to 50 knots at approximately 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. [tomorrow],” he said.The low-lying Causeway, which links the east end with the rest of Bermuda, will be monitored to ensure the safety of motorists, official said.In 2003, four people were swept to their deaths when they tried to cross the Causeway as Hurricane Fabian approached the island.“The L.F. Wade International Airport is monitoring the situation and the public is urged to call their airline to make sure their flights are operating as normal. Cessation of tropical storm force winds is expected at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning,” Burch said.“There is potential for higher gusts and heavy rainfall/thunderstorms anytime Saturday afternoon through the overnight period. There is also a small chance that Colin may see additional strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane in the next 24 hours.”He urged residents to check their emergency kits to be sure supplies were adequate.“Additionally, those residents with boats should make certain that their vessels are properly secured to prevent damage. It is also recommended that residents tie down any loose outdoor furniture or potted plants to prevent undue damage.” (CMC)

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