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80% of Bermuda without power as Hurricane Gonzalo hits

Astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this image earlier from the International Space Station. Credit: Alexander Gerst

Eighty per cent of Bermuda is without power after Hurricane Gonzalo hit pounding the island with winds of up to 130mph.

Locals said buildings, including a hospital, had been damaged but the worst is still expected to come.

And there are fears the "monster storm" could spiral towards the UK.

The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the hurricane would continue to move over Bermuda for the next few hours bringing with it "damaging winds and a life-threatening storm after the eye passes".

Ber News journalist Patricia Burchall told ITV News: "Our situation is pretty dire to be honest. Most the island is out of power."

A local resident, who calls themselves bobbi_bermuda on instragram, posted this video:

Hurricane Gonzalo pictured from ISS as storm hits Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo Credit: Alexander Gerst

Astronaut Alexander Gerst has shared incredible pictures of Hurricane Gonzalo as the huge storm bears down on Bermuda.

The powerful Category 3 storm could raise coastal seas as much as 10 feet (3 metres).

Hurricane Gonzalo Credit: Alexander Gerst

Gonzalo has already begun to pound Bermuda with wind and heavy surf, bearing down on the tiny British territory.

The storm was centered about 100 miles (165 kilometres) south-southwest of Bermuda this afternoon with top sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), according to the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

Gonzalo's eye is expected to pass close enough to be considered a direct hit.

Hurricane Gonzalo Credit: Alexander Gerst
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