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Hurricane Gonzalo is year's second major storm

Hurricane Gonzalo is the second major storm of an otherwise remarkably quiet Atlantic season.
Hurricane Gonzalo is the second major storm of an otherwise remarkably quiet Atlantic season. (National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Gonzalo is maintaining strength as a Category 3 cyclone, the second major storm of an otherwise remarkably quiet season in the Atlantic.

The storm had winds of up to 125 mph as it churned about 660 miles south of Bermuda as of 8 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Its intensity is expected to fluctuate over the coming days, but it is expected to remain a major storm until it reaches Bermuda on Friday.

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If Gonzalo's winds reach 130 mph or greater, it would become the first Category 4 storm in the Atlantic since Hurricane Ophelia in 2011, which brushed Bermuda but did not significantly affect land.

Gonzalo is the seventh named storm of the 2014 Atlantic season, which ends Nov. 30, and it is the sixth hurricane. That makes this season the quietest since 1994 in terms of the number of named tropical cyclones, but also the most active since 2012 in terms of number of hurricanes and number of major storms.

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