Hurricane Igor passed 40 miles to the west of Bermuda last night with reported winds gusts of 92 mph. Hurricane Igor is about 200 miles north of Bermuda and moving towards the north-northeast at a very good pace of 21 mph. Igor remains a very large system and is still causing tropical storm conditions on the island. Hurricane Igor has winds of 75 mph keeping him a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Igor is forecast to race towards the northeast and then back to the northwest later this week as an extra-tropical system. The Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued a tropical storm watch for the coast of Newfoundland.
There have been reports of widespread damage to the island and power outages to at least two-thirds of Bermuda. A website message by Bermuda Electric Light Company reported that power was lost to 23,600 customers out of the 35,558 connections on the island and that more outages will occur until Igor is well north of Bermuda.
Tropical Storm Julia is hanging in there with winds of 45 mph. Julia is moving towards the east-northeast at 9 mph. Julia is forecast to become a remnant low in about a day.
We also have Invest 94L located about 400 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center gives this area an 80% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.
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…LARGE IGOR STILL BRINGING TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS TOBERMUDA…TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR NEWFOUNDLAND… SUMMARY OF 800 AM AST…1200 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…35.2N 64.0WABOUT 200 MI…320 KM N OF BERMUDAABOUT 975 MI…1565 KM SW OF CAPE RACE NEWFOUNDLANDMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/HRPRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 25 DEGREES AT 21 MPH…33 KM/HRMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…957 MB…28.26 INCHES
Tropical Storm Julia
…JULIA MAINTAINING TROPICAL STORM INTENSITY IN THE OPEN ATLANTICOCEAN…SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…35.5N 47.9WABOUT 1165 MI…1880 KM W OF THE AZORESMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/HRPRESENT MOVEMENT…ENE OR 65 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/HRMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with about 80% of tropical storms and hurricanes developing during August, September, and October. In a typical year, 11 named storms develop and 6 of these become hurricanes. On average, some portion the District is affected by at least one named storm every other year, a hurricane every 3 years, and a major hurricane every 6-7 years.
Tropical Cyclone Categories:
-Tropical Depression 20 knots/23 mph
-Tropical Storm 34 knots/39 mph
-Category 1 Hurricane 64 knots/74 mph
-Category 2 Hurricane 84 knots/96 mph
-Category 3 Hurricane 97 knots/111 mph
-Category 4 Hurricane 114 knots/131 mph
-Category 5 Hurricane 136 knots/156 mph
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