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By Sam Strangeways and Ruth O'Kelly Lynch
HAMILTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Igor churned northMonday on a track expected to take it near Newfoundland andenergy interests in easternmost Canada, after battering Bermudawith heavy winds, waves and rain that caused damage but nocasualties.
The Canadian Hurricane Center issued tropical stormwarnings for the coast of Newfoundland, a region that is hometo Canada's three major offshore oil projects.
North Atlantic Refining, operator of a 115,000barrel-per-day oil refinery in Come-by-Chance, Newfoundland,said it was keeping a close eye on Igor.
Husky Energy Inc said it was removing some staff fromoffshore operations in Newfoundland and Labrador but SuncorEnergy Inc said it expected to continue offshore activitiesdespite the storm's expected brush with the area on Tuesday.
Exxon Mobil Corp said it did not expect itsHibernia platform in offshore Newfoundland, which was designedto withstand extreme weather, to be affected by Igor.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the core of thelarge Category 1 hurricane, packing maximum sustained windsnear 75 miles per hour, was about 350 milesnorth-northeast of Bermuda, a popular resort and globalinsurance service hub, at 2 p.m. EDT.
Overnight, Bermuda experienced several hours of lashingwind, waves and rain. Residents of the British island territoryreported uprooted trees, flying debris, widespread poweroutages, some flooding of streets and homes and boats torn frommoorings. Bermuda has a population of more than 67,000 people.
Hurricane-force winds extended about 90 miles fromIgor's core. The U.S. East Coast would experience rough surfand a stiff breeze, the Miami-based hurricane center said.
The hurricane was moving northeast at 26 miles per hour. It was expected to accelerate toward the northeast, awayfrom the U.S. coast, through late Tuesday.
"DODGED A BULLET"
Official damage assessments were being carried out inBermuda as Igor pulled away Monday morning. Emergency crewscleared felled trees and debris from roads.
The island appeared to have suffered far less damage fromIgor than it did from Hurricane Fabian in 2003 and PublicSafety Minister David Burch said Bermuda "seems to have dodgeda bullet in a significant way."
Fabian killed four people and caused millions of dollars ofdamage.
"There's no injuries, no major damage," Burch told theRoyal Gazette newspaper. "There was some minor criminalactivity in the country, breaking and entering. You expect itto happen but I'm surprised that anyone in their right mindwould be out in that weather."
East of Igor, Tropical Storm Julia was breaking upMonday and posed no threat to land.
The hurricane center said there was a high chance of a newstorm developing west of the Cape Verde Islands in the easternAtlantic, as the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season continued thisyear's active pace.
In Mexico over the weekend, the remnants of Hurricane Karldissipated over the mountains of south central Mexico, afterkilling at least eight people, emergency workers said.
Karl apparently spared Mexican oil operations from majordamage after sweeping through the Bay of Campeche, where Mexicoproduces more than two-thirds of its 2.55 million barrels perday of crude output. (Additional reporting by Katharine Jackson in Hamilton,Bermuda, and Luis Manuel Lopez in Villahermosa, Mexico; Writingby Pascal Fletcher and Tom Brown; Editing by Bill Trott)