Storm Fay heads to Bermuda, inhabitants warned

As Super Storm Hudud lashes the Indian east coast, tropical Storm Fay headed toward a close brush with Bermuda before dawn Sunday, and the British island territory off the U.S. coast prepared itself for heavy rains, high winds and rough surf.

A tropical storm warning was already in effect on Bermuda. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fay was not expected to gain any more strength, but warned that hurricane conditions were still a possibility and islanders should stay alert.

Fay was centered about 45 miles (65 kilometers) south of Bermuda early Sunday and moving north-northeast at 17 mph (28 kph). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 Fay was expected to pass just southeast of Bermuda before dawn, dumping up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain in some areas. Bermuda’s government weather service warned that the storm would cause hazardous surf throughout Sunday.

As a ray of hope forecasters said a cold front was likely to absorb Fay on Monday.

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