HAMILTON, Bermuda – Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward the tiny British territory of Bermuda as residents braced for damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge, while the prime minister urged people in low-lying areas to consider moving to higher ground.
The eye of storm is expected to pass within 29 miles (46 kilometres) of the island as a Category 3 storm, close enough to be considered a direct hit, the Bermuda Weather Service said. Tropical storm conditions should begin by Friday morning and the eye of Gonzalo was expected to be near Bermuda by Friday afternoon or evening, forecasters said.
“This hurricane is a large storm, and we should expect at least 24 hours of storm-force winds,” Premier Michael Dunkley said.
The hurricane approached just days after Tropical Storm Fay damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines in Bermuda, with 1,500 homes still without power late Thursday.
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