11th Named Storm Of Season Forms In Atlantic

August 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tropical Storm Laura – the 11th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — is “not a threat to Bermuda at this time”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach within 72 hours forecast to be 825 nm to the south at 7pm on Saturday [Aug 22], 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:

BWS Tropical Storm Laura August 21 2020

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 1100 AM AST [1500 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Laura was located near latitude 17.0 North, longitude 60.2 West. Laura is moving toward the west near 18 mph [30 km/h] and a generally west-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

“On the forecast track, the center of Laura will move near or over the northern Leeward Islands later today, near or over Puerto Rico Saturday morning, and near the northern coast of Hispaniola late Saturday and early Sunday.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

NHC Tropical Storm Laura August 21 2020

“Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph [75 km/h] with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

“Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles [240 km] from the center. The minimum central pressure estimated from NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft observations is 1007 mb [29.74 inches].”

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