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Tropical Storm Jose pays Island a surprise visit

Bermuda was greeted by a surprise guest yesterday in the form of Tropical Storm Jose, but the storm left the Island unscathed.

According to the Bermuda Weather Service, Tropical Storm Jose formed out of a trough to the Island’s south at around 9am on Sunday.

Meteorologist Michelle Pitcher said last night: “It formed out of a trough that we had already expected to bring unsettled conditions.

“We did have a gale warning out Sunday morning for the afternoon and it was changed to a tropical storm warning when the National Hurricane Centre named the storm.”

At around 2.30pm, just hours after reaching tropical storm strength, Jose passed around 50 miles to the Island’s east.

“According to the weather radar, the bulk of the precipitation passed over the western half of the Island. Our lightning detection systems indicated that a few thunderstorms passed through the extreme western portion of the marine area in the early to midafternoon.”

At the airport, sustained winds reached 30kts (34.5mph) with gusts reaching 40kts (46mph) while Commissioner’s Point experienced gusts up to 50kts (57.5mph).

Despite the lack of advanced warnings, no injuries or damage has been reported.

A spokesman for Harbour Radio said: “As soon as we were informed of the storm we broadcast it, and it appears the general public heeded our advice as there were no incidents.”

As of 9pm, the Bermuda Weather Service lifted its tropical storm warning as the system continued to drift to the north, losing strength.

Even without the storm, however, the service is predicting unsettled weather for the Island, with showers and potential thunderstorms expected until Thursday.

l Useful website: www.weather.bm.

Warning: Red flags and warning signs covered Horseshoe Bay yesterday afternoon as Lifeguards, left- Gregory Surer and James Adams watched over the tourist and locals as the island was experiencing bad weather. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 29, 2011 at 10:58 am (Updated August 29, 2011 at 10:58 am)

Tropical Storm Jose pays Island a surprise visit

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