Hurricane Igor Kills Two In Caribbean

September 19, 2010

Hurricane Igor, currently nearing Bermuda, is being blamed for two suspected deaths in the Caribbean. The US Coast Guard was searching on Saturday night for a young woman who was swept out to sea in Puerto Rico and a boy who went missing at a beach in St. Croix.

Both disappearances were blamed on large swells and dangerous currents kicked up by Igor. The Category One hurricane, although tracking north towards Bermuda, is nevertheless creating waves up to 12-feet high that were battering the north coast of Puerto Rico and parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Atha Reyes Pérez, 18, and her husband José Reyes Lugo, 19, were both hit by a rogue wave at Posa de Obispo Beach in the Islote area of Arecibo, Puerto Rico early Friday afternoon.

Reyes Lugo was pulled to shore by other beach-goers, but Reyes Pérez was apparently pulled out to sea. Coast Guard and Puerto Rican Police Department Maritime Unit crews launched a search for the young woman. In St. Croix, 16-year-old Aaron Holmes was pulled out to sea by strong currents while at the beach with his father and sister.

The Bermuda Weather Service believes Igor will strengthen again as it nears the island. It’s predicted the hurricane will pass over Bermuda as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 98 miles per hour and gusts of 121 miles per hour.

We would like both stress these deaths occurred in the Caribbean, not Bermuda, as well as take this opportunity to remind Bermudians to stay indoors during the hurricane.

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