Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo approaching Bermuda


HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a huge Category 4 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to seas that could rise 45 feet (14 meters).

The storm was centered about 195 miles (310 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda Friday morning with top sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) , according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was moving to the north-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph) and was expected to pass near or over Bermuda Friday afternoon or evening.

Tropical storm-force winds began to hit the island Friday morning, with hurricane-force winds predicted to batter Bermuda for at least eight hours. Forecasters said seas would rise between 35 to 45 feet (11 to 14 meters) and would cause significant flooding on an island about one-third the size of Washington, D.C.

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