13th Named Storm Of 2018 Atlantic Season

October 8, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael — the 13th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season — is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours forecast to be 957nm to the west at 6am on Thursday [Oct 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 Michael Bermuda October 8 2018 BWS

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “Michael is moving toward the north near 7 mph [11 km/h]. A northward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected through Tuesday night, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.

“On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move northward across the Yucatan Channel later today, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico this evening through Wednesday. Michael is expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Michael Bermuda October 8 2018 NHC

“Data from the Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph [110 km/h] with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Michael is expected to become a hurricane later today.

“Michael is forecast to be near or at major hurricane strength when it reaches the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night and Wednesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles [280 km] from the center.”

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