Hurricane Kate “Not A Threat To Bermuda”

November 10, 2015

[Updating] Tropical Storm Kate is a “potential threat to Bermuda” the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to the island within 72 hours forecast to be 233 nautical miles to the west-north-west at 8.00am on Wednesday, November 11.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

Tropical Storm Kate BWS Nov 9 2015 2pm

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre said that Kate has maximum sustained winds near 45 mph [75 km/h] with higher gusts, adding that “some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Kate NHC Nov 9 2015 2pm

Tropical Storm Kate is the 11th named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.

Update 5.58pm: The BWS latest update still lists Kate as a “potential threat to Bermuda,” and has amended the closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs as forecast to be 177 nautical miles to the north-north-west at 7.00am on Wednesday [Nov 11].

Update 6.56pm: A government spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] has advised that Tropical Storm Kate has formed to the south of Bermuda.

“The Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] is closely monitoring developments and is encouraging residents to stay abreast of updates from the BWS.

“At 5pm the storm was situated at 25.5 N 76.1 W or 720 nm SW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 40 kts and moving NW at 12 kts. Tropical Storm Kate is a potential threat to Bermuda.

“The closest point of approach to Bermuda within the next 72 hours is forecast to be 177nm to our WNW at 7am on Wednesday 11 November.

“The public should note that we continue to be in the throes of hurricane season which concludes November 30th.”

Update Nov 10, 6.10am: As of their early morning update today, the BWS latest update still lists Tropical Storm Kate as a “potential threat to Bermuda,” and has amended the closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs as forecast to be 158 nautical miles to the north-north-west at 5.00am on Wednesday [Nov 11].

The NHC’s morning update said that Tropical Storm Kate’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph [95 km/h] with higher gusts.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Kate could become a hurricane by Wednesday,” the NHC added.

Update 10.14am: Shadow Minister of National Security, MP Walter Roban said, “We call on residents to take the necessary steps to prepare for the change in weather conditions over the next few days as the latest tropical storm approaches.

“The official reports indicate that ‎tropical storm Kate will past to the west of Bermuda on Wednesday morning. At this point tropical storm conditions can change and change quickly.

“In light of our experience last year with hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo, we call on residents to begin preparations, pay attention to news reports on the weather in the days ahead and proceed in a sensible manner to ensure safety.”

Update 10.54am: On November 8, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of Kate — then a Tropical Depression — in the western Atlantic.

kate-modis NASA photo Nov 2015

Update 11am: The NHC’s latest update, at 11am, said that Kate remains a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph [110 km/h].

The NHC said, “The center of Kate is expected to remain well offshore of the east coast of the United States and pass north of Bermuda tonight and early Wednesday.

“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph [110 km/h] with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Kate is forecast to become a hurricane by tonight.”

The BWS 11am update continues to say Kate is a “potential threat to Bermuda,” with its closest point of approach to Bermuda now forecast to be 153nm to the NNW at 5am on Wednesday, November 11th.

Update 12.46pm: BELCO said, “BELCO is implementing its hurricane preparations for response to Tropical Storm Kate. As in the past, BELCO will respond to power outages as they occur and while it is safe to do so.

“Should you lose power call 955, however, if you are unable to get through, please note that engineers in our Operations Centre are monitoring all circuits and are instantly aware of large areas affected and the associated circuits.

“In the event that major restoration work is required after the storm, it will begin with essential services being restored followed by largest affected areas.

“Although a tropical storm warning is in effect, we encourage residents to please make all preparations early so that you and your families can be as comfortable and safe as possible.

Update 3.44pm: The Premier and Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley convened an Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] meeting this afternoon to get the latest updates on Tropical Storm Kate.

“Current Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] reports have Tropical Storm Kate’s closest point of approach to Bermuda at 153 nautical miles at 5.00 am Wednesday morning,” a spokesperson said.

“The BWS also advised that Kate is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane as it passes Bermuda. However, hurricane force winds are not expected to impact the Island or the marine area and tropical force winds may be felt at higher elevations.

“Meanwhile at today’s meeting, EMO member agencies all confirmed they are in a state of readiness. And the public is encouraged to stay abreast of weather and news updates related to the storm as the day progresses.”

Update 4.00pm: In advance of the approaching tropical storm, the Ministry of Public Works said they are “asking the public to please ensure they have secured their trash bins and trash bags before the storm reaches its nearest point of approach tomorrow morning. Collection in the East End will be completed today on schedule.”

Update 5.22pm: The 5pm update from the NHC remains about the same – they said Kate remains a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph [110 km/h], and is forecast to become a hurricane by tonight.

The BWS 5pm update continues to say Kate is a “potential threat to Bermuda,” however the forecast for the closest point of approach to Bermuda has changed to 175nm to the NNW at 5am on Wednesday, November 11th.

Update Nov 11, 5.40am: Kate has turned into a hurricane, however the BWS said it is “not a threat to Bermuda” and its closet point of approach has passed.

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  1. J says:

    A hurricane that hits on a holiday is not a hurricane… it’s a disgrace.

    • Terry says:

      “holiday” ?

      Reflect on your stooped comment.

      • BD says:

        FOOL ALERT! Enjoy those dislikes. Do they not tell you something?

      • Terry says:

        Guess the dislikes just don’t get it.
        Shalom.

        • Fsbod says:

          It’s sad that that many people don’t get it either.

          • Fsbod says:

            I’m still perplexed as to how so many people consider a day of remembrance a “holiday”.

            Feel free to dislike this as well everybody.

  2. raskarr says:

    Well, well, well… I see Kate’s trying to “pull a Joaquin” by its track slowly getting closer to us. And of all weekdays, it has to be a holiday? My god…

  3. trisha says:

    We’ll pray so it doesn’t hit us

    • Mr. B says:

      Pray to the lord who created it? Never understood this logic.

    • Expat says:

      Honestly, I rather have God let this one hit us and concentrate on helping the people that suffer in third world countries instead. He seems too busy in recent times that he never got around to help those poor souls.

      • Divine says:

        I often wonder why He made stupid people who make stupid comments about a God they don’t know.

        • Expat says:

          Lol. How do you know God? Through a book full of contradictions written by humans centuries ago?

      • mj says:

        @expat–you just don’t get it! The Most High says he speaks through the clouds weather ; rain, snow, thunder lightning and He will remove mountains out of their foundation .His Earth needs cleansing from the mess and bloody wars that mankind has caused!He;The Most High causes natural destruction for a reason,.. How you view it is not His views.Its is HIS Earth!

  4. Coffee says:

    People get ready , for the storms are coming .

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    All the OBAs fault. It is all part of a sinister plot to spoil a holiday. Check Alaska Hall for confirmation.

    • scorpio says:

      Sigh.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      On a SERIOUS note, this little storm would have to come very close to give us much of anything at all.

      You ‘dislike’ people take stuff far too literally sometimes, or maybe you just have thin skin.

  6. D says:

    The people that work in the hospitality industry r hoping for some places to close down

  7. Pete says:

    U people are so warped thinking. The area is still in Hurricane season, a fact of Nature, don`t you understand anything that’s normal ??

  8. Pete says:

    Geesh! don`t U people have any idea about what is reality ? This is still the hurricane season , a fact of nature. GET REAL!!

  9. Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

    OOOO gotta stock up on my Tea supplies. ductape and tea. thats all you need.

    toodles!

    • Legalgal says:

      I prefer cold brewed coffee. No lectricity need for that.

      C

      • Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

        Tea is much more powerful.

        Nuffin beats tea.

        tea is life.

        toodles!

  10. Legalgal says:

    Where can we find the “European” (aka accurate track) model? That seemed to be the one to follow previously and comes much closer to Bermuda.

  11. Terry says:

    BREAKING NEWS………

    The Bermuda Watha Sirvize stated that it could be a dyract heet.

    They stated to me (privy/sourced/dat) that the worst wind and surge and destruction was caused buy (buy) Hurrekane Ehwart 7 yirzs ago.

    Sucked us dry.

    Colonoptiseeeeeeee anyone?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Gonna take generations to clean up & make things right after that one. Some still don’t know what hit them. Others are still away cruising on D Nile.

  12. keith says:

    what the heck is wrong with all you people,hurricanes affect people,people are human have feelings for them

  13. Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

    Formed from all the hot air comming out of Alaska Hall

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