Hurricane Igor buffeted Bermuda with hurricane-force wind gusts, large waves and driving rain yesterday as it bore down on the Atlantic island chain, which braced for a direct hit from one of the worst hurricanes to menace it.

Closing in on the small, isolated but densely populated British overseas territory, Igor was packing top winds near 85 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It said Igor remained a “very large” hurricane.

Residents of Bermuda, a popular tourist destination and wealthy global insurance center located more than 600 miles east of the U.S. East Coast, reported high winds, driving rain and powerful waves battering the shore.

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