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18 October 2012 09:36
Hurricane Igor, which struck in 2010. Experts warn tropical storm Rafael is nearing hurricane strength
In the central Atlantic, storm Rafael has been gathering strength and is approaching hurricane level as it nears Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. Over the weekend, winds reached up to 70 mph. The epicentre of the storm was some 290 miles (465 km) north-northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is spreading towards the northwest at 10 mph.
Experts believe the storm is due to arrive in Bermuda this week. Residents have been warned to be on their guard after the region was put on special alert, with the storm due within two days. Locals have also been advised of dangerous surfing conditions caused by strong currents.
It is thought the storm will result in rainfall of four to eight inches in the Leeward Islands, with some areas receiving up to 12 inches. The Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques are set to see up to three inches of rain, meteorologists said. "These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain," the centre warned. People due to travel to the affected areas are advised to consult their
travel insurance providers in case of any holiday disruption.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.