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Hurricane Katia is expected to bring the Island rain, wind and waves, but Bermuda is expected to avoid a direct hit.

As of last night, the Island was under a Tropical Storm Watch as the storm was predicted to pass 266 miles to the west of Bermuda at around 9am today as a Category 1 hurricane.

Later today the storm is expected to turn to the north-northeast, travelling between Bermuda and the East Coast of the US and Canada, losing strength in the process.

Throughout the day, the Island is expected to experience strong gusts to gale force winds, weakening by Friday as the storm moves to our distant north.

Along with the winds and showers, dangerous swells and rip currents are expected to continue to affect South Shore throughout the day.

While the Island is expected to largely escape the storm’s wrath, the hurricane will have some impact on the Island.

American Airlines last night cancelled flights 308 and 1438 to Bermuda from Miami and New York respectively.

As a result, American Airlines flights from Bermuda to Miami and New York scheduled to depart this morning have also been cancelled.

And airline JetBlue announced that it would wave rebooking fees for travellers booked to visit or depart the Island today.

Customers are able to book new flights that depart tomorrow or Saturday by calling 1-800-538-2583.

Government announced yesterday that the annual Senior’s Cruise, scheduled to take place today and tomorrow, has been cancelled as a result of the rough weather forecast.

The Bermuda Weather Service is also now tracking a second tropical system in the Atlantic.

As of yesterday, Tropical Storm Maria was around 1,705nm east-southeast of the Island travelling west-northwest.

While the system is not considered a threat to Bermuda, forecasts suggest the system will reach the Caribbean on Friday or Saturday with winds of around 55kts.

A woman enters the waters of Horseshoe Bay Beach as he witnessed firsthand the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday afternoon, which is now a category 1 storm. Due to the hurricane the beach was closed down for the day.(Photo by Akil Simmons) September 7,2011
Devonshire Bay reflects the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday morning. Now a category 1 storm Katia remains a potential threat with its closest point of approach 3am Thursday at about 252 miles to our west-southwest. Expect showers and a risk of thunderstorms, along with strong winds with occasional gale force gusts through Thursday. Winds and showers will ease on Friday as Katia pulls away. (Photo by Tamell Simons)
Devonshire Bay reflects the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday morning. Now a category 1 storm Katia remains a potential threat with its closest point of approach 3am Thursday at about 252 miles to our west-southwest. Expect showers and a risk of thunderstorms, along with strong winds with occasional gale force gusts through Thursday. Winds and showers will ease on Friday as Katia pulls away. (Photo by Tamell Simons)
Devonshire Bay reflects the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday morning. Now a category 1 storm Katia remains a potential threat with its closest point of approach 3am Thursday at about 252 miles to our west-southwest. Expect showers and a risk of thunderstorms, along with strong winds with occasional gale force gusts through Thursday. Winds and showers will ease on Friday as Katia pulls away. (Photo by Tamell Simons)
Rino Rufolo stands in the water of Horseshoe Bay Beach as he witnessed firsthand the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday afternoon, which is now a category 1 storm. Due to the hurricane the beach was closed down for the day. (Photo by Akil Simmons) September 7,2011
Two tourists visited Horseshoe Bay Beach to the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday afternoon, which now is a category 1 storm. Due to the hurricane the beach was closed down for the day. (Photo by Akil Simmons) September 7,2011
Devonshire Bay reflects the effects of Hurricane Katia Wednesday morning. Now a category 1 storm Katia remains a potential threat with its closest point of approach 3am Thursday at about 252 miles to our west-southwest. Expect showers and a risk of thunderstorms, along with strong winds with occasional gale force gusts through Thursday. Winds and showers will ease on Friday as Katia pulls away. (Photo by Tamell Simons)
A warning sign posted on Horseshoe Beach yesterday.
Photo by June Ming A fallen tree blocked Parsons Lane, Devonshire, yesterday afternoon as strong winds from distant Hurricane Katia reached the Island.

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Published September 08, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 08, 2011 at 10:24 am)

Hurricane causes flight disruptions

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