Bermuda Braces for Hurricane Gonzalo, Tropical Storm Ana Heads for Hawaii

Hurricane Gonzalo beat a path toward Bermuda on Thursday, restrengthening to a Category 4 storm and packing winds of up to 140 miles per hour. Bermuda issued a hurricane watch for Gonzalo, which is expected to pass "perilously close" to the island on Friday, according to The Weather Channel.

It said a rip current threat and elevated surf will hit the East Coast of the U.S. on Thursday.

Image of Hurricane Gonzalo, Thursday, 2:00 a.m.
Source: NOAA
Image of Hurricane Gonzalo, Thursday, 2:00 a.m.

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The National Hurricane Center said Gonzalo is expected to be a "dangerous" hurricane when it moves near Bermuda.

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Gonzalo, the seventh named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, formed as a tropical storm early Sunday afternoon and was upgraded to the season's sixth hurricane late Monday afternoon. It is the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Ophelia in 2011.

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In the Pacific, Hawaii canceled all public schools for Friday on the Big Island and prepared to open shelters as it braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana, which is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and could be felt as soon as Friday. Winds are projected to blow up to 70 mph.