Storm season: Bermuda in the clear, Azores not out of the woods

Good news for Bermuda: Hurricane Helene, a Category 3 storm, now is expected to bypass Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which is packing winds of 115 mph, originally posed a threat to Bermuda but will now pass several hundred miles east of the island by the weekend.

Meanwhile, tenacious Hurricane Gordon, although weakened to a Category 1 storm with winds near 85 mph, is on the move toward the Azores off the coast of Africa. The storm was spawned in that same area 10 days ago.

In the Pacific region where Hurricane Lane, a Category 3 storm, made landfall on Sept. 17 130 miles north of the resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico, tourist officials reported no damage to resorts or tourist attractions.

"The destination's only losses were downed trees and flooding in some parts of the city's outskirts," said Carlos Berdegue, vice president of the Mazatlan Hotel Association.

Tourists returned to the beach areas the day after the storm and the airport reopened.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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