Hurricane Igor is now down to Category 1 status as it approaches the tiny, isolated island of Bermuda. The storm is expected to dump as much as 9 inches of rain, and significant flooding is expected on the island, especially on its southern coast. With maximum winds near 85 mph, the storm that was recently nicknamed "Igor the Terrible" has waned considerably since it's trip north through the Atlantic Ocean, but the hurricane still is a serious threat to Bermuda and to areas along the East Coast of the United States.
"A direct hit would be the worst-case scenario, because the island would have to endure the extremely strong winds in the eyewall, as well as a dangerously high storm surge," said CNN meteorologist Angela Fritz.
While the hurricane is expected to move quickly back into the Atlantic towards the northeast after passing very near Bermuda, dangerous waves are already being reported along the Carolina coastline. While this no doubt is a source of excitement for local surfers, authorities advise that swimmers avoid the powerful waves for the next few days, especially in light of the drownings that recently happened along the New Jersey coast after Hurricane Earl passed nearby.
Current projections do show Igor passing very near the Canadian island of Newfoundland as well, however, and residents in that area should make preparations for what could be a very rare hurricane sighting.
Tropical Storm Julia has already began its movement back out to deep sea, moving northeast, and is expected to dissipate within the next few days.