September 10, 2001
Erin, the tropical storm that last week was downgraded to a tropical depression, roared back life this weekend. The storm, at its peak measuring a Category 3 with 120 m.p.h. came closest to Bermuda but never got much nearer to the island than 100 miles or so. Still, Bermuda, 580 miles off the coast of North Carolina, was under a tropical storm warning (Erin's winds stretched 175 feet from her center) Sunday. No major damage has been reported. Cruise ships scheduled to spend Sunday at port in Bermuda were diverted south to avoid the storm; however their delays were, purportedly, four or five hours, not a matter of skipping Bermuda altogether. Erin, oddly enough, is the first actual hurricane to form in the Atlantic this summer making 2001 one of history's slowest-starting hurricane seasons. Erin, moving away from Bermuda to the north-northeast, is forecast to head out further into the Atlantic, sparing the U.S.'s East Coast though she could prove troublesome -- by way of rain squalls and higher-than-usual sea swells -- to cruisers sailing New England/Canada fall foliage itineraries.