Bermuda Braces For Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo


HAMILTON, Bermuda — People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda are preparing for Hurricane Gonzalo, which is roaring toward them as a major Category 4 storm. It has top sustained winds of 145 miles an hour, after increasing slightly in strength today.

The center of the storm is expected to be near Bermuda tomorrow afternoon and evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected by late today.

A spokesman for the Bermuda government says a high school has been opened as a shelter, but that he believes most people will stay home. He says homes in Bermuda are built to withstand hurricanes.

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