Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bermuda: Hurricane Gonzalo Leaves 70,000 Inhabitants Without Electricity

According to The Latin American Tribune, Hurricane Gonzalo has begun to weaken rapidly after causing severe flooding in coastal areas of Bermuda and leaving that much of the affluent British overseas territory of 70,000 without electricity.

Gonzalo, which struck the mid-Atlantic island Friday night (October 17) as a Category 2 hurricane and still has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph with higher gusts, is quickly moving away from Bermuda, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory Saturday morning (October 18).

It added that the hurricane is forecast to pass near the coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador Saturday night and early Sunday (October 18-19).

Bermuda’s authorities said early Saturday that the hurricane downed numerous power lines, leaving most of the island’s nearly 70,000 inhabitants without electricity.

COMMENT: Gonzalo’s winds also knocked down trees while waves more than three meters (10 feet) high caused major damage to coastal areas, local media reported.

The hurricane, which is moving toward the north-northeast at nearly 22 mph, has begun to weaken rapidly and is expected to become an “extra-tropical cyclone” on Sunday.

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