Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo to Slam Bermuda
The most powerful hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is cutting a path toward Bermuda and it’s going to pack a life-threatening punch.
At present, Hurricane Gonzalo is located about 485 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and is moving north at 7-mph. The storm currently has winds sustained at 145-mph and has a central pressure of 940 millibars. The National Hurricane Center says the eye of the hurricane is about 11 miles wide.
In the near-term, Gonzalo is no threat to land. That said, it could create high surf and dangerous rip currents along the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane warnings have now been posted for the island of Bermuda — an overseas territory of Great Britain.
Gonzalo is likely at its peak intensity and isn’t expected to lose that much steam as it near Bermuda. At this point, its forecasted to impact the island nation — as a Category 3 hurricane — with 120-mph winds, late Friday.
The position of Bermuda in the northeastern quadrant of the storm could inundate south-facing beaches with storm surge, making a potentially dire situation that much worse.
Gonzalo is expected to maintain its slow northerly track through Thursday, before getting swept up in a trough and drawn off toward the northeast. The present track has Gonzalo passing just east the island of Bermuda as a hurricane. Just last week, Bermuda was lashed by Tropical Storm Fay as the storm passed nearby.
According to bernews.com, the Bermuda Weather Service says Gonzalo looks like Hurricane Fabian. That storm, which pounded the islands with 120-mph winds in 2003, caused more than $300 million in damage and the deaths of four people.
The Royal Gazette reports officials are urging weather-weary residents to prepare for the worst. “It is important that these advisories are taken seriously and preparations made in good time which will help to reduce property damage and the likelihood of injuries or loss of life,” said Michael Dunkley, the Premier [head of government] of Bermuda.
People with interests in Bermuda should monitor the track of the storm in the days to come. WeatherNation meteorologists will be keeping a close eye on the situation and bring you updates on-air and online.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond