Hurricane Gonzalo was about to touch the Bermuda Friday night already swept by powerful winds and heavy rains which have already deprived of power of the thousands of people barricaded homes. In its last bulletin of 21 H 00 GMT, the U.S. national Hurricane Centre (NHC) Centre informs that hurricane, which was degraded in category 3 on a scale of 5, is more than 80 kilometres away with the south/southwest of Bermuda. The hurricane weakened slightly during the day but winds Friday evening ranged up to 185 km/h and were moving towards the Northeast at a speed of 18 km/h. It should touch the very tourist archipelago to 23 H 00 GMT and his eye will then to 25 nautical miles (about 50 kilometers offshore). Friday the capital Hamilton was transformed into a ghost town. Schools, businesses and administrations have been closed since Thursday and many residents have protected their windows with boards and their doors with sandbags. Approximately 16. 000 homes were without power Friday night. Meteorologists forecast dangerous conditions for the next 12 to 18 hours. The NHC has warned of major flooding along the coasts and provides between 8 to 15 cm of precipitation. The storm will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Authorities in this British territory have recommended that residents stay at home and do not get ratings. I wish you good luck for the next 24 hours. Be sure the one on the other, has launched the Governor George Fergusson. The international airport, closed Thursday, should that reopen Saturday at best. People rushed to shops to equip themselves and make reserves of water and food. It remained more than generators in most stores robbed already two weeks before the Tropical Storm Fay passed last weekend. Bermuda weather services provide that the cost of Gonzalo will reach those of Hurricane Fabian in 2003, which had left four dead and caused 300 million dollars in damage. Many boats have been removed ports and the frigate HMS Argyll, of the Royal Navy, was on the way to the archipelago to lend a hand. Prime Minister Michael Dunkley has congratulated the inhabitants for their preparation. Be patient, today is going to be a long day. Stand firm, we are going to get out us. Gonzalo has already killed one person in the Caribbean. The strong climbs of the waters also affect parts of the British Virgin Islands, the coast north of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic as well as portions of the Bahamas and the southeast coast of the United States, has yet clarified the Center. Gonzalo is the seventh storm of the season in the Atlantic, which extends from June to November, and the third hurricane to hit the Caribbean this year. . Similar info can be read reading website.