Hurricane Maria Is “Potential Threat To Bermuda”

September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

[Updated] Hurricane Maria is a “potential threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said this evening, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs forecast to 377nm to the WSW at 6pm on Monday [Sept 25], with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period.”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

maria hurricane sept 22 2017 evening

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “Maria is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph [15 km/h], and this general motion is expected to continue through Saturday. A turn toward the north is forecast by Saturday night.

“Maximum sustained winds remain near 125 mph [205 km/h] with higher gusts. Maria is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles [95 km] from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles [260 km].”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

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Update Sept 23, 7.27am: As of the BWS 6am update, Maria is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time,” with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs forecast to be 416nm to the west at 4am on Tuesday [Sept 26], with the BWS noting “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period.”

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