BWS: Hurricane Edouard Is “Potential Threat”

September 14, 2014

[Updated on Sept 15] Tropical Storm Edouard — which is predicted to strengthen into a hurricane later today — is a “potential threat” to Bermuda, the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] said in their latest update today [Sept 14].

The BWS said Edouard’s closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 411 nautical miles to the east at 6.00pm on Tuesday, September 16th.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center [NHC] said the storm is “nearly a hurricane”, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour [110 kph], with the storm predicted to become a hurricane later today.

Tropical Storm Edouard is the fifth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Update 1.56pm: The NHC said that Edouard has strengthened into the 4th hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. In addition, the BWS changed the status from a “potential threat” to “not a threat to Bermuda at this time.”

Update Sept 15, 9.34am:  The NHC said that Edouard has strengthened into a category 2 hurricane, and the BWS changed the status back to a “potential threat”.

The BWS said the hurricane’s closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 389 nautical miles to the east at 3.00pm on Tuesday, September 16, while the NHC said it has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour [165 kph].

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    How can it be a “potential threat” when every single computer model projects it to pass well to the east.

    Scare mongering. Nothing more.

    • Flabbergasted says:

      Go back to the “potential threat” of hurricane Emily sept 25 1987. That’s was quite a surprise, you think?

      • Somebody who knows a little says:

        Don’t compare weather technology accuracy of 1987 to modern technology.

    • Kunta says:

      Ya, sounds like de O.B.A/ubp TACTIC.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      TD I/m surprised at you .
      If any system is at any point forecast to come within 400nm of us , even if it’s going to veer away at the 399.99nm mark , it’s deemed a potential threat. 400nm is the magic number .

      There’s also a similar qualification for thunderstorm advisories even if we have a rainless , cloudless day here on the reef known as Bermuda.

    • C says:

      Agree. If it was coming up hurricane alley I would worry but it’s not. Just gets people all hyped up.

  2. C says:

    any hurricane that passed Bermuda is a potential threat. I wouldn’t worry.

  3. Violetta Thatiam Mallory says:

    Hope not

  4. eegrance says:


  5. Puma says:

    Crow a talkin to me…they indicated rain and wind….or barometric change…

  6. Mr Happy says:

    Of course it’s a potential threat. Just watch as the sea kicks up as the storm goes by. This warning is totally legitimate. Dangerous seas need warnings since heavy damage can be caused if people are not ready.

  7. C says:

    Shark oil is still real clear. Stop worrying

  8. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Speakin’ a shark oil. Where can I get a decent bottle. Not the thimble size they sell in the tourist shops.

  9. Sunny says:

    Potential is that, Ill be on the beach that day.