Tropical Storm Henri continues to circle around Bermuda
Forecasters are continuing to keep a wary eye on Tropical Storm Henri, which grew in strength from a tropical depression overnight.
Henri was 115 nautical miles south-southeast of Bermuda at 3pm today, and had made its expected turn to the west and had gained strength.
Packing winds of 50 knots gusting to 60 knots, it was moving slowly west-southwest at five knots.
Its closest point of approach within the next 72 hours was expected to be at 4pm today when it was predicted to be 114 miles directly south of the island, but forecasters warned it could move closer after the next three days.
Today Renee Ming, the Minister for National Security, said Henri was a timely reminder for residents to be vigilant during hurricane season.
Ms Ming said: “While the expectation from the BWS is that we won’t be greatly or directly impacted by this weather system, the island can except to experience some sporadic periods of rain and some wind gusts.
“However I think this is a good occasion for the public to check to make sure they are prepared for any storm. This season is expected to be above average for hurricanes, and our community should really use this time to properly prepare.”
Henri was expected to bring 15 to 25 knot east-north-easterly winds to Bermuda today, veering southeasterly with stronger gusts in and around rain showers.
The BWS 5.30am update said: “Winds could approach tropical storm force at times, especially towards the south of the marine area, and as such a tropical storm watch remains in effect.
“Expect occasional spells of inclement weather mainly from later this afternoon into Wednesday.”
Conditions may worsen as the day goes on and there is a chance of thunder. Seas are expected to remain at one to three feet inside the reef and six to nine feet outside.
The storm is expected to continue to move south of Bermuda before turning north on Friday when it is forecast to pass to the west of the island.