August 27, 2010

Atlantic Update

Tropical Storm Earl continues to swiftly move west and still poses no threat to land. Warm waters and little upper-level wind shear will help Earl become a hurricane in the open Atlantic this weekend.

Located at than 1,000 miles away from the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland, it will still need to be watched closely in the next week to 10 days. Current forecasts bring Earl north of the Lesser Antilles as a major hurricane by early next week. While it is still at least a week away from any potential impact to Bermuda or the U.S. East Coast, residents are urged to monitor this storm`s progress.

Ahead of Earl in the central Atlantic is Hurricane Danielle, a category 4 storm moving northwest and eventually turning north and northeast. Danielle is heading toward the open waters of the North Atlantic, staying well east of the U.S. Coast and just east of Bermuda.

Meanwhile following Earl a vigorous tropical wave, Invest 97, accompanied by a broad low pressure system is centred about 210 miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. There is a high chance – 70% - of this system to become a tropical cyclone during the next 48hrs as it moves westward.

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