BWS: Tropical Storm Chris A “Potential Threat”

July 7, 2018

[Updated] Tropical Depression Three is a “potential threat to Bermuda,” the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs forecast to be 393 nm to the WNW at 6am on Tuesday [July 10] with the BWS noting “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

dep three july 7 2018

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “The depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 mph [7km/h].

“The depression is expected to meander off the coasts of the Carolinas for the next several days. By Tuesday, a faster northeastward motion is expected to begin.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph [45 km/h] with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days,and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Sunday.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

085910_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind dep 3 jly 7 18

Tropical Depression Three is one of two systems currently in the Atlantic, however the BWS said that Hurricane Beryl — the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Season — is not a threat to Bermuda at this time.

Update, July 8 10.23am: This has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Chris, and as of this morning, the BWS continues to say it remains a “potential threat to Bermuda.”

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