BWS: Hurricane Earl “Not A Threat To Bermuda”

August 4, 2016

Hurricane Earl – the fifth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season – is “not a threat to Bermuda” according to the Bermuda Weather Service, which said that the storm’s closest point of approach to the island within 72 hours has passed.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph [120 km/h] with higher gusts, and additional weakening is expected as the center moves farther inland.

“Earl is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm later this morning and to a tropical depression by Friday morning.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles [35 km] from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles [220 km].”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

BWS graphics Bermuda August 4 2016

A story at says, “Hurricane Earl made landfall early Thursday morning near Belize City as a Category 1 hurricane with estimated maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

“Now, the main concern going forward will transition to rainfall flooding.

“Winds gusted to 58 mph for several hours overnight at Phillip Goldston International Airport west of Belize City as the eye of Earl passed just to the south of that location around 2 a.m. EDT.

“Earl was the first hurricane to landfall in Belize, or anywhere in the western Caribbean Sea west of Jamaica, since Ernesto almost exactly four years ago [Aug. 7, 2012].”

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