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Hurricane Cristobal heads toward Bermuda


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Hurricane Cristobal hurled heavy rains across Atlantic and Caribbean islands on Tuesday as it headed toward Bermuda, and officials said the storm already had caused at least five deaths.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane would likely avoid a collision with the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, but it was generating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions from central Florida to North Carolina.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), but it was expected to strengthen slightly by Thursday after passing northwest of Bermuda. It was centered 500 miles (800 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and was moving north at 12 mph (19 kph). Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) from the center.

Cristobal was expected to dump up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain over Bermuda and lesser amounts over the already sodden Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos.

Hotel owners and tourist operators in Bermuda were dismayed at the forecast, noting that August already has been one of the rainiest months in recent history for the British island territory.

"It's been a ridiculous, endless amount of rain," said Marlie Powell, owner of the Kingston House Bed & Breakfast. "It's the height of our tourist season, so it's not a happy thing."

The Turks and Caicos said flights resumed Tuesday at the islands' international airport, which closed as the hurricane dumped some 12 inches (30 centimeters of rain) on the islands. The governor's office reported one death after recovering a body from floodwaters on the main island of Providenciales.

"The situation on North Caicos is extremely serious," said Premier Rufus Ewing, who visited the island on Tuesday. "The flood water in some areas is perhaps 1,000 feet (309 meters) across and up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) deep in places."

The government said in a statement that it was debating whether to pump out floodwaters or use bulldozers to create new routes to reach some communities.

Floodwaters killed two men in the Dominican Republic and two people in Haiti, where roughly 640 families were left temporarily homeless.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie was weakening off of Mexico's Pacific coast, though it was generating large, dangerous swells that were nearing the beaches of Southern California.

The hurricane's sustained winds had decreased to near 100 mph (155 kph) from a peak of 160 mph (260 kph) on Sunday. It was expected to slump to tropical storm force on Wednesday. Marie was centered about 605 miles (970 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula and moving northwest near 15 mph (24 kph).

Cristobal to Cause Rough Surf for the Atlantic Beaches

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uncamikie August 26 2014 at 6:25 PM

"Storm set to hit Bermuda, raze East Coast" -- your headline. Graze not raze...please, for the sake of all that we hold sacred, get an editor who knows the language in which you write.

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rude uncamikie August 26 2014 at 11:13 PM

THANK YOU!!!! geez........

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Margaret Salisbury rude August 27 2014 at 1:01 AM

Yeah, got that. According to the headline, we on the East Coast would be in for major hit and destruction. Who writes this stuff, who approves it, and what are they paying?

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moochelleboochelle August 26 2014 at 11:18 AM


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phishman1 moochelleboochelle August 26 2014 at 6:18 PM

Surely some mighty ignorant people on here tonight.

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Christopher phishman1 August 26 2014 at 7:51 PM

phishman1 agree , so please stop your comments

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Lettybits moochelleboochelle August 26 2014 at 10:54 PM


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Sukeycat August 26 2014 at 10:42 AM

Hurricane Cristobal should head for Ferguson,MO...By the looks of those people there,they could use a good bath....

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hensteeth August 26 2014 at 7:58 AM

It's Obama's fault.

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drepke August 26 2014 at 8:46 AM

2nd hurricane of the season, Jun-Nov, and only 3rd name storm. Looks like this one will not make landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast. We have been lucky and at the same time tropical storms and hurricanes have been on the decline recently. Florida has not been hit by a hurricane in 8 years and the Atlantic U.S. has not been hit by a major hurricane, Cat 3 or higher, in the past 8 years. In fact 2009-2010 and 2013, no hurricane hit the Atalantic U.S. though on any given year there is a 96% of a hurricane hitting there. We were told, because of global warming, to expect more hurricanes and stronge hurricanes. It seems mother nature didn't get the memo.

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Rob August 26 2014 at 7:52 PM

"Storm set to hit Bermuda, raze East Coast "...That was the headline on the jump. So the east coast is going to be leveled by a storm that is going to be 1000 miles offshore? What is it a category 10?

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goldie841 Rob August 26 2014 at 10:02 PM

just pray

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pty014372 August 26 2014 at 8:53 AM

Cristobal??? I guess they have officially run out of names.

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muffychops pty014372 August 26 2014 at 9:13 AM

PC ...PC

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leavesbound pty014372 August 27 2014 at 1:47 AM

Why do you say that? there are many hundreds of thousands of names available to give storms. Why keep to the same boring rotation? Besides, it would be best to give storms oddball names that nobody uses anyways since children who share a name with a deadly storm often get teased. I think they should just make up names from random strings of syllables. I know, I have a neighbor from New Orleans who named their daughter Katrina. She was born a month after the storm hit and now she hates being compared to a deadly storm.

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dwtomczyk August 26 2014 at 6:15 AM

hurrican's are an part of life in this part of the world

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nburke78 August 26 2014 at 10:17 AM

Nice name for a hurricane. When it makes landfall, it will start redecorating everyone's house and a foot of precipitation is expected in the form of Will and Grace DVDs. It's easy to find on a weather map, as it's the only storm wearing a white belt and skinny jeans.

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Lettybits nburke78 August 26 2014 at 10:55 PM

The best res[ponse ever. Lol!

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rude Lettybits August 26 2014 at 11:14 PM


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Margaret Salisbury August 26 2014 at 9:00 PM

Uh, does ANYONE have a problem with the 'headline' "raze East Coast?" This is a classic example of....let's call it panic attacks by the so called media.

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mouse Margaret Salisbury August 26 2014 at 9:56 PM

The worst part is that they are getting away with it because not enough people complain.

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KILO ROCK BRAVO Margaret Salisbury August 26 2014 at 9:58 PM

I know, look at the sissy warning stuff they spouted for that "Sandy" thing, we saw NOTHING of that in Texas it was just made up lib stuff. What do people think we just make stuff up/

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Elizabeth KILO ROCK BRAVO August 27 2014 at 5:42 AM

Those of us who were devastated by Sandy had been told that it would not be as bad as Isabel or Irene, neither of which amounted to anything.

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