MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Changes have been made to the category of storm that Fay was when it struck Bermuda.
The National Hurricane Center forecasters said Fay was a hurricane, not a tropical storm, when it made landfall in October.
The hurricane center occasionally upgrades or downgrades storms as it reviews data after the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. In Fay’s case, the data showed that the storm reached hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 mph as it approached Bermuda on Oct 12.
Fay was a short-lived storm but it was the first of two hurricanes to make landfall in Bermuda that week. Hurricane Gonzalo hit the tiny British territory Oct. 17 with 110-mph winds.
Fay also was the first hurricane to make landfall in Bermuda since 1987. It toppled utility poles and knocked out power to thousands of people before moving over the open ocean.
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