Gonzalo: 144 mph Gust Measured on Bermuda

October 18th, 2014 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Hurricane Gonzalo moving northeast of Bermuda at 9:15 am ET, Oct. 18, 2014.

Hurricane Gonzalo moving northeast of Bermuda at 9:15 am ET, Oct. 18, 2014.

As predicted, the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda last night. Most of the island was without power this morning, but crews are already out restoring power…although they said progress will be slow due to widespread damage.

After the calm of the eye passed during the night and hurricane force winds resumed, a wind gust to 144 mph was measured near the airport. The official weather equipment at the airport is reported to be damaged. Most of the home weather stations went offline several hours before the worst of the storm hit the island.

Despite some injuries, Bermuda police report there has been no loss of life. The island was well warned, and building codes in Bermuda are quite strict for withstanding hurricane-force winds.

Here’s an interesting short video taken from the International Space Station as it passed near Gonzalo:

6 Responses to “Gonzalo: 144 mph Gust Measured on Bermuda”

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  1. jimc says:

    I read Cat 2 (at the time) with no fatalities. You’d think that being that small (15mi) and that remote would make the probability of coinciding with an eye (15mi) miniscule.

  2. Anything is possible says:

    So it was “evil fossil-fuelled capitalism” that generated the wealth that enabled Bermuda to build infrastructure that withstood the worst that nature could throw at it?

    Anyone else thinking there’s a lesson in there somewhere?

  3. Jane says:

    get real, the gov’t is killing hurricanes. the eye was 50 miles wide when the storm made landfall, and there was rain in the eye.

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  5. Jane says:

    its likely the rare big winds reported were from tornados generated from the tropical storm that hit Bermuda.

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