Bermuda eyes Tropical Storm Kyle

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, September 26, 2008 – The government of Bermuda has put the island under a tropical storm watch as the 11th storm of the season formed and strengthened, giving indications it would become a hurricane over the weekend.

But the forecasters say it Tropical Storm Kyle will probably remain west of the island.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said that Kyle’s maximum sustained winds had reached 60 miles per hour by 5 am today, up from 50 miles per hour late yesterday.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 46 hours and Kyle could become a hurricane by Saturday,” the NHC said.

This morning the storm was located about 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north at near 12 miles per hour.

“A turn toward the north-northwest, accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed is expected later today and on Saturday. On this track, the centre of Kyle and the strongest winds are forecast to remain west of Bermuda,” the NHC advisory noted.

It added that Bermuda could get up to three inches of rainfall as a result of Tropical Storm Kyle tomorrow.