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Oct. 17 -- Hamilton (Bermuda) (AFP) -- The resort island chain of Bermuda braced for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge.

The capital Hamilton was eerily quiet as people retreated to the safety of their homes.

By Friday afternoon, Gonzalo's winds were whirling at 125 miles (200 kilometers) per hour, with even stronger gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Gonzalo has already killed one person in the Caribbean and triggered a hurricane warning for the British overseas territory, home to around 60,000 people.

"A dangerous and life-threatening storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding in Bermuda," the NHC said.

"The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves."

The Miami-based forecasters said surges are affecting parts of the Virgin Islands, the northern coasts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, portions of the Bahamas and some spots on the southeast coast of the United States.

"Swells will spread northward along the U.S. East Coast today. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip conditions," the NHC warned.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific Tropical Storm Ana neared Hawaii and was expected to pass south of the main island Friday and Saturday and then south of Oahu and Kauai over the weekend.

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