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Bermuda Clears Trees, Power Lines Hit by Gonzalo

Hamilton (Bermuda) (AFP) – Bermuda residents breathed a collective sigh of relief Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo appeared to have spared the Atlantic archipelago from catastrophic damage.

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). (image via NOAA).

"Dangerous damaging and life-threatening." That's how NOAA's National Hurricane Center describes Hurricane Gonzalo as it puts a direct hit on Bermuda. The storm is packing sustained 125 mph winds just before landfall.

Gonzalo approached Bermuda as a Category 3 storm, then weakened to Category 2 strength just before coming ashore with sustained winds of 110 mph (175 kph). Even after beginning to move away, its fierce winds battered the island for hours.

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Bermuda suffered extensive power outages on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds, but the tourist destination dodged catastrophic damage 

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