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Fabian targets Bermuda, Henri hits Florida

Dangerous Hurricane Fabian was bearing down on Bermuda Friday with 125-mph winds as Tropical Storm Henri moved over already-saturated Florida.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 5, 2003


"The Salvation Army is on full alert with shelters being set up across the island."

—Rick Shirran


Dangerous Hurricane Fabian was bearing down on Bermuda Friday with 125-mph winds as Tropical Storm Henri moved over already-saturated Florida.

Fabian could be the worst storm to hit Bermuda in many years. The storm is so large that winds extend some 235 miles from the eye, and the island was already experiencing winds from the outer bands of the hurricane by Friday morning. It is forecast to make landfall Friday night or Saturday morning.

Serious damage could result due to the speed and the length of time it will linger over the island, said Rick Shirran, territorial coordinator for the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN). "The Salvation Army is on full alert with shelters being set up across the island," he said.

All Friday flights into Bermuda were canceled.

The New England states will likely not feel too many effects from Fabian, according forecasters.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Henri, with 45 mph winds, was churning toward Florida. A tropical storm warning was posted for Florida west coast. As much as 15 inches of rain could fall over the weekend.

For communities that have had heavy rains throughout the summer, Henri was an unwelcome sight. Many rivers are already above flood stage. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for five central Florida counties.


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