Hurricane Gonzalo forms in Caribbean

2014-10-14 13:30
A man fishes from a dock as Hurricane Gonzalo approaches to the area in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. (Ricardo Arduengo, AP)

A man fishes from a dock as Hurricane Gonzalo approaches to the area in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. (Ricardo Arduengo, AP)

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Miami - Forecasters say Hurricane Gonzalo has formed in the eastern Caribbean and its winds are buffeting the island of Antigua, downing trees, knocking out power and tearing roofs from homes.

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida, said on Monday afternoon that Gonzalo is packing sustained winds of 120km/h. Some strengthening is likely.

The storm gained strength as it passed through the Leeward Islands on a track toward the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and to the east of Puerto Rico, now as a hurricane.

As of 17:00, the centre of Gonzalo was about 20km southeast of St Martin and 230km east-southeast of St Thomas. It is moving toward the northwest at 19km/h.

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