Bermuda in the crosshairs of Gonzalo!

Satellite image (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory) taken at 1800 EST on Friday 17 October 2014 as hurricane GONZALO's eye made a beeline for Bermuda
Satellite image (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory) taken at 1800 EST on Friday 17 October 2014 as hurricane GONZALO’s eye made a beeline for Bermuda

 In the scale of things the Atlantic is a big ocean  and Bermuda, a.k.a. The Bermudas, is a rather small group of  islands, about 53.2 square kilometers (20.8 square miles) in total area, of  which only 38.8 sq. km. are dry land and the balance are water bodies. A very small target indeed!

Bermuda is actually what is visible of the rim of an undersea volcano in the vast Atlantic.

Tonight, on this Friday 17 October 2014, the 65,000+ residents of The Bermudas are in for a long night of extreme winds, rain, loss of power, flying debris and all of the terrifying sounds and events that take place as your place interacts with a major hurricane. But these islands are well prepared, with construction mainly built with sturdy concrete or reinforced masonry, shuttered windows, and also most houses have cisterns to collect water. Despite the unavoidable impact of Gonzalo. I believe Bermuda will defend itself quite effectively.

UPDATE: 17 OCTOBER 2014 at 2015 EST

This satellite image (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory) captures the eye of hurricane GONZALO still partially over the northeastern portion of the Main island, in a tremendous feat of marksmanship by Mother Nature!
This satellite image (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory) captures the eye of hurricane GONZALO still partially over the northeastern portion of the Main island, in a tremendous feat of marksmanship by Mother Nature!