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Location of Bermuda off the coast of America
Coat of Arms of Bermuda

Bermuda (officially, The Bermuda Islands or The Somers Isles) is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, it is situated around 1770 km (1,100 mi) northeast of Miami, Florida and 1350 km (840 mi) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1030 km (640 mi) west-northwest (see Geography section below). It is the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory, settled by England a century before the Acts of Union that created the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Bermuda has a thriving economy, with a large financial sector and tourism industry giving it the world's highest GDP per capita in 2005. It has a sub-tropical climate, pink beaches, and cerulean blue oceans.

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Hurricane Fabian was a powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane that hit Bermuda in early September during the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season. Fabian, the sixth named storm, fourth hurricane, and first major hurricane of the season, developed from a tropical wave in the tropical Atlantic Ocean on August 25. It moved west-northwestward under the influence of the subtropical ridge to its north, and steadily strengthened in an area of warm water temperatures and light wind shear. The hurricane attained a peak intensity of 145 mph (230 km/h) on September 1, and it slowly weakened as it turned northward. On September 5, Fabian made a direct hit on the island of Bermuda with wind speeds of over 120 mph (195 km/h). After passing the island, the hurricane turned to the northeast, and became extratropical on September 8.

Fabian was the strongest hurricane to hit Bermuda since Hurricane Arlene in 1963. It was both the most damaging and the first hurricane to cause a death on the island since 1926. The hurricane's powerful winds resulted in moderate damage and destroyed roofs throughout the island. A strong storm surge associated with the hurricane killed four people crossing a causeway on Bermuda, temporarily closing the only link between two islands. The endangered Bermuda Petrel, better known as the Cahow, was threatened by the hurricane, which destroyed ten nests, although volunteer work transported the species to a safer location. Strong swells resulted in damage in northern Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and also caused four people to drown along the United States' Atlantic coast. In all, Fabian caused around $300 million (2003 USD, $330 million 2006 USD) in damage and eight deaths. (more...)

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edit Dame Lois Marie Browne-Evans, D.B.E., J.P., (1 June 1927 - 29 May 2007) led the Bermudian Progressive Labour Party in opposition before being appointed Bermuda's first female Attorney-General. She first gained recognition in 1953 as the Bermuda's first female barrister. Browne-Evans died of undisclosed causes on May 29, 2007, three days before her 80th birthday. (more...)

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  • Wikinews Bermuda portal
    • October 16: Hurricane warning goes into effect in Bermuda as Gonzalo nears
    • November 10: Drunken passenger triggers UK-Dominican Republic flight's diversion to Bermuda
    • August 24: Atlantic storm Danielle strengthens to hurricane force
    • August 22: New England, Canada brace for Hurricane Bill
    • August 19: Hurricane Bill now a Category 4 storm
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Buildings and structures Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | The Fairmont Hamilton Princess | Somerset Bridge, Bermuda | Ashley House | Government House, Bermuda
Culture Bermudian English | Coat of arms of Bermuda | Public holidays in Bermuda | Victoria Park, Hamilton
Economy Bermuda Monetary Authority | Bermuda Stock Exchange | Bermudian dollar | Bermudian pound | The Bank of Bermuda |

ACE Ltd. | HSBC | ACE Ltd. | MS Frontier Reinsurance | Bermuda Industrial Union | Bermuda Public Services Association

Communications .bm | List of NANP area codes | Area code 441 | Bermuda Broadcasting | List of television stations in Bermuda | Template:Bermuda TV | VSB-TV | ZBM-TV | ZFB-TV
Environment Flora and fauna in Bermuda | Juniperus bermudiana | Bermuda National Trust | Bermuda Petrel | Bermuda Rock Skink | Common Ground Dove | Eastern Bluebird | Gray Catbird | Great Kiskadee | Mourning Dove | Northern Cardinal |

White-eyed Vireo | White-tailed Tropicbird | Yellow-crowned Night Heron

History Bermuda Admiralty Case | Bermuda Militia 1612-1687 | Bermuda Militia 1687-1813 | Bermuda Militia 1813 | Bermuda Militias 1612-1815 | Bermuda Volunteer/Territorial Army Units 1895-1965 | Hurricane Fabian | Royal Air Force, Bermuda, 1939-1945 | Sea Venture | George Somers | Somers Isles Company | Thomas Gates (governor) | USN Submarine Base, Ordnance Island, Bermuda | London Company
Politics House of Assembly of Bermuda | List of Premiers of Bermuda | Parliament of Bermuda | Politics of Bermuda | Senate of Bermuda | List of political parties in Bermuda | Progressive Labour Party (Bermuda) | United Bermuda Party
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