Hurricane Bertha weakened to a Category 1 storm on Tuesday with winds of 85 mph. Further weakening is predicted in the next 24 hours.

Bertha, which is 900 miles southeast of Bermuda, is expected to curve to the northwest away from Bermuda in the next two days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, the Bermuda Department of Tourism reminded visitors of its 2008 Hurricane Guarantee, which was created by the Bermuda Hotel Association. If the Bermuda Weather Service predicts that a hurricane will come within 200 miles of Bermuda, guests can cancel without penalty within five days of arrival. Deposits will be refunded or applied to a future booking if a guest is unable to recover the deposit from travel insurance.

If Bermuda sustains a direct hit during the guest's stay, the participating hotel will not charge for rooms, food, beverages and other essential services during the time that the hotel's normal services are unavailable.

If a hotel has to close because of storm damage, guests will receive a complimentary stay within one year of reopening, excluding air fare, food and beverages and incidental room charges.

Participating properties include Cambridge Beaches, Edgehill Manor, Elbow Beach Bermuda, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton, Fourways Inn, Grape Bay Beach Hotel, Rosedon, Royal Palms, Surf Side, The Wharf and 9 Beaches.


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