BWS: Tropical Storm Gert Is “Potential Threat”

August 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

[Updated] Tropical Depression Eight is a “potential threat” to Bermuda the Bermuda Weather Service said today [Aug 13], with its closest point of approach to the island within 72 hrs forecast to be 238nm to the NW at 2pm on Tuesday [Aug 15], with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period.”

Graphic via the BWS:

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The U.S. based National Hurricane Center said, “Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today.”

Graphic via the NHC:

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Update 5.34pm: The NHC has just confirmed that the Depression has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gert.

“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph [65 km/h] with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next day or two,” the NHC said. “Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles [130 km] northeast of the center.”

Update 6.38pm: The BWS latest forecast continues to say that Gert is a “potential threat” to Bermuda, and its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 245nm to the NNW at 7pm on Tuesday [Aug 15], with the BWS noting “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period.”

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  1. Boston Baked Bean says:

    Now might be a good time to get the endlessly non-functional radar back in service, BWS!

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