Gonzalo and other hurricane warnings

Submitted by ub on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 00:55

The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo has crossed over Bermuda. The small British territory was pounded with fierce winds and heavy surf as the Category 2 storm carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge.

The storm's top sustained winds remained at 110 mph (175 kph) as its core moved out to sea. It was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda late Friday and moving north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph)

Gonzalo swept by the eastern Caribbean, claiming one life in the Dutch territory of St. Maarten. The storm was generating large swells that could cause dangerous surf on portions of the U.S. southeast coast and those conditions would spread northward along the East Coast during the night.

Hurricane Gonzalo sustained winds of 140 mph moving north-northeast at 14 mph. Gonzalo passed within 29 miles (46 kilometers) of Bermuda on Friday night, close enough to be considered a direct hit, the Bermuda Weather Service warned.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Ana strengthened into a hurricane as it drove toward Hawaii. It was expected to return to tropical storm strength late Saturday, when it was forecast to be near the Big Island, about 85 to 90 miles (135 to 140 kilometers) offshore to the southwest.