POWERFUL HURRICANE GONZALO APPROACHING BERMUDA

Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to a potential storm surge of 10 feet (3 meters). The storm was centered about 150 miles (245 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda late Friday morning with top sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was moving to the north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph) and was expected to pass near or over Bermuda Friday evening. Tropical storm-force winds began to hit the island Friday morning, with hurricane-force winds predicted to batter Bermuda for at least eight hours. Forecasters said waves would rise between 35 to 45 feet (11 to 14 meters) and create a potential storm surge of 10 feet (3 meters) that would cause significant flooding on an island about one-third the size of Washington, D.C.

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