Bermuda gets pounding rains courtesy of Hurricane Gonzalo. A few hours ago, Mashable reported that Hurricane Gonzalo was bringing a wet and windy day to areas from the British Virgin Islands to Vieques and Culebra, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands. The storm intensified quickly as it moved north-northwestward, “likely skipping what could have been a damaging encounter with Puerto Rico.”
Instead, the storm appears likely to become a powerful hurricane over the open waters of the North Atlantic during the next few days.
Computer models suggest the storm may reach major hurricane status of Category 3 or above on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, and its forecast path takes it on course to become the second storm in one week to threaten Bermuda.
As of 5 p.m., Gonzalo was centered about 140 miles east-southeast of St. Thomas, and was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 75 miles per hour, qualifying it as a minimal hurricane. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami anticipate that the storm will continue to intensify as it churns north-northwestward, to the east of Puerto Rico.
The storm passed over Antigua on Monday morning as a tropical storm, and that island recorded maximum sustained winds of 67 miles per hour, with a gust to 87 miles per hour.
For more information, see http://mashable.com/2014/10/13/gonzalo-slipping-past-puerto-rico-could-slam-bermuda/