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Storm force winds possible tonight - BWS

Tropical Storm Maria is expected to graze Bermuda tomorrow, with storm force winds possible tonight.

According to the Bermuda Weather Service today, the storm is expected to pass around 138nm to the west-northwest of Bermuda around 1pm tomorrow.

The service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning, in addition to a Small Craft warning and a Thunderstorm Advisory.

While the service described the system as “rather disorganised,” the tropical storm is forecast to bring rain and isolated thunder storms. Last night, its winds were clocked at 50knots with gusts to 60 knots.

Winds are expected to build today with gusts reaching gale force by this evening and strengthening to tropical storm force by the late tonight. By Thursday morning, gusts of hurricane force could affect the Island, but the weather is expected to ease by the afternoon as the storm moves quickly to the north of the Island.

The tropical storm will be the third to affect the Island in as many weeks, with TS Jose forming near the Island on August 28 and TS Katia passing by Bermuda September 8.

As of Monday, the Bermuda Weather Service had recorded only 26.62in of rainfall, just over 12in below the usual rainfall-to-date of 39.18in.

A water droplet explodes into the shape of a crown as it hits the pavement during heavy downpour yesterday afternoon.

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Published September 14, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm)

Storm force winds possible tonight - BWS

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