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Hurricane Gonzalo struck Bermuda

Oct 18, 2014 15:00 IST

Hurricane Gonzalo of Category 2 struck Bermuda with winds of about 185 kilometers per hour on 18 October 2014. The hurricane lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with torrential rain and howling wind.

Eighty percent of the island chain lost power because of the hurricane. The island also witnessed flooding in some areas and many banana trees had been knocked over.

Earlier, the US National Hurricane Center warned of high winds and life threatening storm surge after the hurricane passed the British Atlantic territory.

Bermuda is an island chain in the Atlantic Ocean that frequently sees strong tropical storms. Hurricane Gonzalo is one of the biggest hurricanes faced by the tiny British island of Bermuda, in many years. Gonzalo struck Bermuda, a low-lying archipelago occupying just 21 square miles (54 sq km) and home to 65000 people, just five days after the island witnessed a tropical storm.

The last major hurricane to strike Bermuda was Fabian in 2003, a Category 3 storm that killed four people.


Quick Digest

Who: Category 2 Hurricane Gonzalo

Where: Bermuda

What: struck

When: on 18 October 2014

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