[Updating] The latest forecasts from both the Bermuda Weather Service and U.S. National Hurricane Center this morning [Sept 5] continue to show Tropical Storm Leslie strengthening into a hurricane and passing close to Bermuda this weekend.
At 5am this morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Leslie was 490 miles south south-east of Bermuda, and moving towards the north north-west at 2mph. Leslie’s maximum sustained winds are near 65mph [100km/h] with higher gusts, and it is expected to become a hurricane in the next day or two.
In the 6am forecast discussion, Bermuda Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Smith said: “Based on the radii of forecast winds and the outlook positions for Leslie, I have forecast an onset of tropical storm force winds Saturday morning.
“Storm force winds will likely arrive Saturday evening and hurricane force winds around dawn Sunday. As Leslie begins to move away to our north conditions will gradually ease through the day Sunday, finally becoming strong southwesterly Sunday night.
“A Hurricane Warning will likely be needed for Sunday morning, with tropical storm force conditions again through Sunday afternoon.”
Last night a Government spokesperson said: “You will be aware that the Department of Parks has closed the South Shore beaches owing to the high surf and dangerous currents due to the approaching storm.
“It seems as though some visitors and locals continued to go to beach and surf and/or swim after the warning was issued. This is tremendously concerning. Can you emphasise the importance on your website that it’s critical that these warnings are adhered to.
“We want to ensure that no serious incidents occur through the ignorance of not obeying the warnings.”
Update 10.20am: The Hamilton Cargo Docks will be closed on Friday [Sept 7] for deliveries, in order to prepare for the impending storm.
Update 10.30am: The Department of Airport Operations is advising residents who may have cars parked in any areas of the LF Wade International Airport to remove them before the storm hits as this area is prone to flooding.
Update 12.25pm: In their midday update, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Leslie is expected to become a hurricane later today.
Update 12.27pm: A video of the weather conditions at the Causeway as of 11.30am today is below
Update 2.13pm: HWP has provided some tips to keep your vehicle safe during the hurricane. They can be read here.
Update 3.30pm: Tropical Storm Leslie has just been upgraded to a hurricane
Update 3.55pm: BELCO said they are “prepared for Hurricane Leslie to have direct impact on the Island this weekend.” Their full statement is here.
A full press statement is expected to be released after the Emergency Measures Organisation meeting to be held later today.
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