CaribWorldNews, HAMILTON, Bermuda, Mon. Aug. 24, 2009: Bermuda has been spared the wrath of Hurricane Bill, the first major hurricane of the 2009 season.
Bermuda Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown, last night said the British-dependent territory was spared from a horrendous direct hit after Hurricane Bill turned west, instead of east.
`We are fortunate and thankful,` said Brown, adding that the island suffered only minor damages, mainly from high winds and storm surge.
Power to about 3,700 customers was cut Saturday and there was some flooding on roads along the northern coast. Bill also forced the airport to be closed overnight Saturday and all ferry service was canceled until Sunday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton spent the weekend in Bermuda despite the storm.
Bill had winds of 100 mph after blowing between Bermuda and the East Coast of the U.S.
But last night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, said Bill was heading out to New Foundland as a tropical storm.