Hurricane Gonzalo slammed directly into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity there as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rains and howling winds.

The strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade made full landfall at about 8:30 p.m. local time as 35-mile-wide (56 km) eye of the storm crossed the south-central coast of Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported.

The Category 2 hurricane was packing sustained winds of up to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), down from 140 miles per hour (225 kph) earlier in the day, but it remained a dangerous storm, the forecasters said. Hurricane force winds extended up to 60 miles (95 km) from its center.

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