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Tropical storm watch announced

A Tropical Storm Watch was yesterday issued as meteorologists continue to monitor a low pressure system off Bermuda.

The system, which could potentially develop into a tropical or subtropical storm – was about 650 miles east-northeast of the island at 3pm.

The Bermuda Weather Service warned there was potential for sustained winds reaching 40mph and seas higher than 12ft offshore tomorrow.

Renee Ming, the Minister of National Security, said: “The ministry is also keeping a very close eye on this developing weather system and we will keep the public abreast of any safety advisories.

“It should be noted that we are just days away from the start of hurricane season, and now would be a good time for the community to assess and refresh their emergency plans and storm supplies.”

The US-based National Hurricane Centre said the system was moving northwest with gale-force winds, but it was expected to turn west and then southwest tonight and tomorrow.

The NHC’s 3pm update said: “It will likely become a subtropical cyclone near and to the northeast of Bermuda on Friday.

“After that time, the system is expected to move towards the north and northeast into a more hostile environment by late Sunday into Monday.”

To follow the latest developments on the potential storm system, visit www.weather.bm.

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Published May 21, 2021 at 8:17 am (Updated May 21, 2021 at 8:17 am)

Tropical storm watch announced

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