BWS: Tropical Storm Irma ‘Not A Threat’

August 30, 2017

Tropical Storm Irma — the ninth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season – is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time,” the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] said today [Aug 30], adding that its closest point of approach to the island within 72 hrs is forecast to be 1427 nm to the east southeast at 6pm on Saturday, September 2nd.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

Tropical Storm Irma Bermuda August 30 2017 2

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center says, “At 500 PM AST [2100 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Irma was located near latitude 16.4 North, longitude 31.2 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 15 mph [24 km/h].

“The tropical storm is expected to turn slightly toward the west-northwest at a slower rate of speed for the next couple of days.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph [95 km/h] with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma is expected to become a hurricane Thursday or Friday.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Irma Bermuda August 30 2017 1

“Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles [55 km] from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb [29.56 inches].”

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