Storm could alleviate dry spell
Tropical Storm Josephine may bring a blessing — some needed tank rain if it approaches the island next week.
Renée Ming, the national security minister, said last night that the Emergency Measures Organisation and the Bermuda Weather Service were monitoring the system, which at 6am today was 1,377 miles southeast of Bermuda.
The BWS predicted at 6am the storm’s closest point of approach would be 622 miles south of the island at 6am on Monday — but the forecast will be revised by the service at regular intervals.
Ms Ming said that the storm was not expected to form into a hurricane in the next five days — but if it posed a threat to the island, the EMO would meet.
She reminded the public: “We are in the middle of an active and potentially troublesome hurricane season.”
Josephine was predicted by the BWS to skirt to the north of the Caribbean this weekend and turn towards Bermuda early next week.
But a spokesman for the BWS said it would be “premature at best to comment regarding the potential for rainfall, or any other potential aspects, surrounding Tropical Storm Josephine when it is so far away from Bermuda”.
He added: “As previous experience reveals, very few outcomes can be discounted when it comes to the long-term forecasts of tropical systems.
“BWS is closely monitoring this disturbance, and we urge the public to likewise keep a close eye on the tropics as we move into the height of hurricane season.”
• UPDATE: This story was updated to include the most recent Bermuda Weather Service forecast at 6am today
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