Tropical Storm Philippe is a “threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours [3 days] forecast to be 96 nm to the SSE at 12pm on Friday [Oct 6] with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”
Graphic courtesy of the BWS:
The latest BWS forecast discussion stated, “The long range sees TS Philippe come into play as it moves by around 100nm to the E of BDA late Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning. Winds are currently forecast to be strong to near tropical storm force (20-30kt) with gusts likely to tropical storm force (40kt) during Friday.
“Extensive shower activity is expected to set in with the chance of thunder too. Some of the QPF data is suggesting several inches of rain. Overnight into Saturday sees winds veer and ease for a time, while the extensive rainfall is expected to gradually abate during the morning as Philippe accelerates away towards the N. Rough to very rough seas and swells will gradually begin to abate on Saturday. A small craft warning is very likely through this period, while a thunderstorm advisory may also be required especially for Friday. Tropical watches/warnings may also need to be considered.”
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