FLORIDA, United States, Tuesday November 10, 2015 – Tropical Storm Kate is now forecast to become a hurricane by tonight and pass north of Bermuda.
Up to 10 a.m., no watches or warnings had been issued for Bermuda, but the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) advised interests in Bermuda to monitor the storm’s progress.
At that time, Kate was carrying maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was about 600 miles west of Bermuda, moving quickly northeastward at 21 miles per hour.
“A turn toward the east-northeast and a further increase in forward speed are expected tonight and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the centre of Kate is expected to remain well offshore of the east coast of the United States and pass north of Bermuda tonight and early Wednesday,” the NHC said.
“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Kate is forecast to become a hurricane by tonight.”
Swells from Kate will begin to affect Bermuda tonight and continue through tomorrow. The NHC said those swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Meantime, swells affecting the eastward-facing beaches in the northwestern Bahamas should gradually subside today.
Kate is the 11th named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. If it becomes a hurricane as projections indicate, it would be the season’s fourth.