Bermudans take stock of damage caused by Igor

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Bermudans have emerged from their homes when the sky cleared to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Igor.

Overnight, the island experienced hours of lashing rain and fierce winds from the Category 1 storm. Trees were uprooted, low-lying streets were flooded and boats torn from their moorings. Police said the storm caused no casualties and most of the infrastructure had held up.

Official damage assessments were being carried out as Igor pulled away from Bermuda. Emergency crews cleared felled trees and debris using bulldozers and trucks.

Structural engineers examined the causeway linking Saint George's to the rest of the island chain after sections of its wall collapsed into the sea. Only an ambulance was allowed to pass over the bridge as residents on scooters, in cars and on foot waited for officials to reopen it to traffic. The causeway washed out during Hurricane Fabian in 2003 and was reconstructed.

At Saint John's Bay Park, residents gathered to view a section of buckled asphalt and concrete. At the beach just beyond, people ventured back onto the beach where the surf had died down and returned to its turquoise hue.

Stephanie and Keith Haynes were on the last flight allowed into Bermuda before the storm. On vacation from England to see their daughter, they were grateful to see the sun shining again.

"We were staying in our daughter's house and all the windows was rattling and we lost the power," Stephanie said.

Bermuda police said work was ongoing to restore electricity to 28,700 customers left without power. Belco, the island's only power company, services 35,000 customers.

The island appeared to have suffered far less damage from Igor than it did from Hurricane Fabian in 2003, when four people died and the repair bill ran into millions of dollars.

Igor has now churned north on a track expected to take it near Newfoundland and energy interests in easternmost Canada.