Published: Sep 18, 2010 8:26 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 18, 2010 5:27 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - Tourists are lining up at Bermuda's airport, hoping to board one of the last flights off the island as Hurricane Igor bears down.

Forecasters say the hurricane is likely to pass over Bermuda or nearby tomorrow or early Monday. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to start battering the island tonight.

Bermuda Public Safety Minister David Burch says the storm is expected to be "a long and punishing one," and he says "the potential for injury and physical damage is great."

The airport is closing this afternoon. Schools will close Monday and Tuesday, and a local newspaper said it won't print a Monday edition.
      
High surf kicked up by the storm has already swept two people out to sea in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far to the south.