Tropical Storm Gamma Not A Threat To Bermuda

October 3, 2020

Tropical Storm Gamma is “not a threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 1389 nm to the WSW at 3pm on Sunday, October 4th, with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”

The name Gamma has been taken from the Greek alphabet as the hurricane season has been so busy the full list of names have already been used. This is only the second time the Greek alphabet has been used to name storms, with the first being during the 2005 hurricane season.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

Tropical Storm Gamma Oct 3 2020 BWS

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 700 AM CDT [1200 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Gamma was located near latitude 19.7 North, longitude 87.2 West. Gamma is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph [15 km/h], and this motion should continue at a slower forward speed today. A turn toward the north is expected on Sunday, followed by a turn to the west or west-southwest Sunday night or Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Gamma should move inland over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula later today, and be near the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Gamma Oct 3 2020 NHC

“Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph [100 km/h] with higher gusts. Some slight additional strengthening is possible before Gamma makes landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula today. After landfall, some weakening is expected. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles [130 km] from the center.”

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