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Bermuda braves Hurricane Gonzalo

Bermuda was hit by Hurricane Gonzalo today and the tiny island suffered extensive power outages as a result of the rain and howling winds which accompanied the hurricane.

The island, which is a hit among tourists, however did not report any major damage and death despite the direct hit.

Most of the Atlantic archipelago, an affluent insurance industry hub about 640 miles (1,030 km) off the coast of North Carolina, was plunged in darkness today and many roads were affected due to downed trees and debris.

The strongest storm to sweep the island in a decade whipped Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of around 110 miles per hour (175 kph) as it made landfall Friday night, forecasters said.

Premier Michael Dunkley said in a statement that the residents of the island wake up to damaged property, blocked roads and no electricity, "all things that can be replaced and restored".

"I think all of Bermuda would agree that we took a licking. We are a bit bruised," Dunkley said in a radio broadcast, according to the local Royal Gazette. But, he added, "all in all we came out of this storm much better than we expected."

The weather improved by afternoon with Gonzalo about 355 miles (575 km) north-northeast of Bermuda, with sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The company added that Bermuda Electric Light Co. had restored power to thousands of customers, though about 25,000 out of 36,000 metered connections remained without electricity.