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Fabian hits Bermuda, Henri strikes Florida

Hurricane Fabian made landfall in Bermuda Friday, bringing 120-mph winds to the British territory.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 5, 2003

Hurricane Fabian made landfall in Bermuda Friday, bringing 120-mph winds to the British territory, downing trees, knocking out power to at least 25,000 people, and at least partially cutting telephone service.

Hospitals were relying on generators but by Friday evening not many injuries had been reported. The popular vacation spot has building codes that require newly built structures to withstand winds of 110 mph. Bermuda's power and phone lines are underground.

Bermuda's Weather Service was able to give reports of wind speed until its instruments blew away.

Fabian's eye moved over western Bermuda Friday afternoon. Fabian was the first Category 3 hurricane to hit the territory since 1953, when Hurricane Edna brought 115 mph winds.

The Salvation Army set up emergency shelters throughout Bermuda while staffing a central shelter at the Cederbridge Academy. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) was standing by to provide communication assistance.

Hundreds of people were evacuated and all flights to Bermuda –home to 62,000 people – were canceled.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Henri worried Florida residents who stacked sandbags as protection against rising rivers. The state has been struck with seemingly endless rain this summer, and another 12 inches that could fall this weekend will compound the damage. Henri was forecast to make landfall Saturday.

As of Friday evening, Henri had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph.

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