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Hurricane Katia remains a potential threat to the Island, but Bermuda is expected to miss a direct hit as the storm curves around the Island.

According to the 4.30pm forecast from the Bermuda Weather Service, Hurricane Katia remains a potential threat with its closest point of approach around 250nm to the west early tomorrow morning.

The Service says Bermuda can expect occasional showers and the risk of thunder with strong winds and gusts to gale force through Thursday.

"Winds and showers ease by Friday as Katia moves away east to our distant north. Dangerous swells and rip currents will continue to affect South Shore into Thursday," it adds.

At 6am today, Katia was 269 nautical miles south-southwest of the Island with winds of 80kts gusting to 100 kts. It is moving northwest at nine kts.

While the Island is expected to escape hurricane force winds, the weather service yesterday issued a tropical storm warning, with showers and gale force winds taking place today and tomorrow.

The Department of Parks advised the public to be careful on South Shore as waves grow and rip tides strengthen.

Red flags were yesterday placed at Horseshoe Bay signalling that no one should enter the water, and the public has been advised to stay away from the water throughout South Shore.

“Southeast swells are impacting South Shore beaches and there is still some potential that we will see tropical storm force winds of at least 34 knots,” a Department spokesman said.

“This is likely for the western marine area as Katia begins to recurve. However the probability for 50 knot winds is less than one percent, as of the last advisory.

“In the event sustained wind speeds exceed 50 knots, the Ministry of Public Works will consider closure of the causeway in the interest of public safety.

“The public will be kept abreast throughout.”

The weather has also caused the St George's Ferry to be cancelled, along with several scheduled cruise ship visits.

For updated information, visit our

Storm Watch page.

Devonshire Bay reflects the effects of Hurricane Katia this morning. Now a category 1 storm Katia remains a potential threat with its closest point of approach 3am Thursday at about 252 miles to our west-southwest. Expect showers and a risk of thunderstorms, along with strong winds with occasional gale force gusts through Thursday. Winds and showers will ease on Friday as Katia pulls away.
Tourists walk on what remains of Elbow Beach yesterday afternoon, as Hurricane Katia, remains a potential threat to the Island. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Tourists stand on what remains of Elbow Beach yesterday afternoon, as Hurricane Katia remains a potential threat. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Gerry Frain stands on Elbow Beach yesterday afternoon, as Hurricane Katia remains a potential threat to the Island. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Wellness Day postponed

The Department of Health has postponed plans to offer free health screenings to residents due to Hurricane Katia.

The screenings were to be held at Victoria Park tonight, as part of a public event aimed at encouraging simple lifestyle changes to improve health.

'Celebrating Wellness' will now be held on September 28.

The event was planned as part of the ongoing 'Move More Bermuda' campaign and organised in conjunction with World Physiotherapy Day on September 8 and Caribbean Wellness Day on September 10.

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Published September 07, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 07, 2011 at 9:46 am)

Red flag warnings as Katia remains a threat

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