HAMILTON, Bermuda, Friday September 23, 2016 – Tropical Storm Karl is advancing on Bermuda. Its outer bands are already spreading across the island and both a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch are in effect as the system is forecast to pass east of the island in less than 24 hours.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says the centre of Karl should pass near or to the east of Bermuda late tonight or early tomorrow – by which time it will likely be a hurricane.
“Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Karl is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday,” the NHC said in its 2 p.m. advisory.
At that time, Tropical Storm Karl was about 230 miles south of Bermuda and moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph. It’s forecast that it will a turn toward the north by tonight, before turning toward the northeast, with a quicker speed, tomorrow.
Karl is expected to bring strong winds, rain squalls and possibly tornadoes as the centre passes within 100 miles of the island, according to the Bermuda Weather Service. Isolated tornadoes are also possible later today and tonight.
The approaching storm prompted businesses to close early today in the British overseas territory and some events were also cancelled.
Residents have been urged to make sure their preparations are complete.
“Any system passing this close to us should not be taken lightly and the old saying ‘better safe than sorry’ should be our guide,” Minister of National Security Jeffrey Baron was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. “Preparations should be made and all watches and warnings followed.”
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lisa which was bout 910 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands this afternoon, is expected to become a remnant over the weekend. Lisa’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph with additional weakening forecast.