Wayward Gonzalo traverses most of North Atlantic
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 October, 2014 - Hurricane Gonzalo was speeding across the cold waters of the far north Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, meteorologists said, leaving Bermuda to clean up from a direct hit of howling winds and driving rain.
Gonzalo was moving quickly less than 300 miles northeast of St. John's in Newfoundland, Canada, at midday on Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Having slowed down since slamming Bermuda, Gonzalo was still packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (137 kph), it said.
"Gonzalo remains a hurricane over the cold waters of the far north Atlantic," the hurricane center said in an advisory. "Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours," and a downgrade was likely, it said.
Large swells generated by the storm still affected parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas and U.S. eastern seaboard, it said. It warned that such swells would likely cause life-threatening surf and rip tides.
Gonzalo was the strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory of Bermuda in a decade with maximum sustained winds of around 110 mph (175 kph) when it made landfall on Friday night.