BWS: Hurricane Chris Remains “Potential Threat”

July 9, 2018

[Updated] Tropical Storm Chris continues to be “a potential threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said this evening [July 9], with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 3 days is forecast to be 309 nm to the NW at 3pm on Wednesday [July 11] with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

Tropical Storm Chris Bermuda July 9 2018 1

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 500 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Chris was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft to be near latitude 32.2 North, longitude 74.4 West.

“Chris has remained nearly stationary the past several hours, and little motion is expected during the next day or so. A northeastward motion should begin by late Tuesday, and Chris is forecast to accelerate northeastward on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Reports from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph [110 km/h] with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Chris is forecast to become a hurricane later tonight or Tuesday morning. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles [110 km] from the center.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Chris Bermuda July 9 2018 2

Update July 10, 8.06pm: This has been upgraded to a hurricane, and the BWS continues to say it remains a “potential threat to Bermuda.”

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