High winds, rain disrupt travel in Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Hurricane force winds and rain hit Bermuda Oct.11, causing fallen trees, power outages, flight cancellations and forcing cruise ships to remain in port.

Most airlines were forced to turn back to their original destinations or cancel flights on Oct. 11. According to a spokeswoman for the department of tourism all flights into Bermuda have been canceled and all ships are remaining in port Oct. 12 as well.

During the storm, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Majesty was torn from its moorings at the St. George harbor due to "unforecasted heavy winds," according to Heather Sheats, an NCL spokeswoman. With 2,000 passengers aboard, the ship drifted into open water before the crew stabilized the vessel. No passengers were injured; one crew member suffered cuts on his hands while trying to loosen bow ropes.

The power outages will last for an estimated 48 hours.

Bermuda tourism's spokeswoman said all of the hotels have generators so they are not affected by the outages and flight and cruise itineraries should be back on schedule tomorrow.

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