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Hurricane Gonzalo black out much of Bermuda

Part of Bermuda's main hospital damaged

October 18, 2014

Tens of thousands in Bermuda were without power Saturday morning after Hurricane Gonzalo ripped across the island with 110mph winds, downing trees and causing untold damage. Weather improved as dawn broke and Gonzalo moved away from the island.

This is the second time Bermuda has been slammed by a powerful storm in less than a week

“To be struck twice by two different cyclones is unusual, to say the least,” said Max Mayfield, a former director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda’s main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths.

“This was a dangerous hurricane, but Bermuda today is dealing with property damage, blocked roads and a loss of electricity, all things that can be replaced and restored,” Said Premier Michael Dunkley. “Thankfully, there has been no loss of life.”

Damage from Gonzalo- the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Igor in 2010- was believed to be widespread but authorities were waiting for daylight to assess the full extent of it, a spokeswoman from Bermuda’s Emergency Measures Organization told Reuters. “There are many places in Bermuda where you cannot get cars through…places are completely blocked,” Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva told the Emergency Broadcast Station, according to the Royal Gazette. Governor George Fergusson tweeting that damage was extensive but “not catastrophic.”

Now, Gonzalo heads toward Newfoundland, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was generating large swells that could cause dangerous surf on portions of the southeastern U.S. coast and the East Coast on Saturday.

“Newfoundland won’t be getting the 113 mph winds that Bermuda had, but it’s a significant hurricane, and we are taking it very seriously,” said Tom Kines, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.

Gonzalo is weakening but remains a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds, Kines said.

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