Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo Menacing Bermuda
Hurricane Gonzalo formed south-southeast of Puerto Rico on October 12, 2014 and was upgraded to a hurricane the following day. Gonzalo became increasingly more powerful and was a weakening category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale with sustained winds of about 115 kts (132 mph) when viewed by the TRMM satellite on October 17,2014 at 1335 UTC (10:35 AM ADT). A rainfall analysis from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) is shown here blended with a GOES-EAST visible/infrared image received a few minutes later at 1337 UTC(10:33 AM ADT). A large area of heavy rainfall was found in rain bands around the northern side of Gonzalo's eye that was starting to fill with clouds. Although weakening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Gonsala will still be a "... dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it moves near or over Bermuda later today."