Thursday 22 October, 2020

Hurricane watch issued for Bermuda as Paulette approaches

Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to become a hurricane today and is forecast to bring hazardous conditions to Bermuda by Sunday night.

The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the island.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. 

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 5am Tropical Storm Paulette was located about 645 miles southeast of Bermuda.

It's moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). 

A west-northwestward or northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected through the weekend, followed by a turn toward the northwest and north-northwest on Monday and Monday evening. 

The centre of Paulette is forecast to move near Bermuda Sunday night and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts.  

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) from the centre. Additional strengthening is anticipated and Paulette is forecast to become a hurricane later today.

Paulette may bring periods of heavy rain to Bermuda through Monday, with rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with maximum amounts of 6 inches possible.

Swells generated by Paulette are affecting portions of the Leeward Islands and will continue to spread westward to portions of the Greater Antilles, Bahamas, Bermuda, and the southeastern United States this weekend.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office

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