Hurricane watch issued for Bermuda as Paulette approaches

Katie Ramirez
September 12, 2020

The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the island. Nineteen is also moving west-northwest at 8 miles per hour.

The second disturbance is located over the north-central Gulf of Mexico.

Two areas of disturbed tropical weather are being watched by forecasters.

The fourth system is near the coast of Africa and is expected to turn north.

"The system could develop into a tropical cyclone as it moves westward across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through early next week", the bulletin said. Residents living in these areas should monitor the storm's progress to get updates concerning high winds and storm surges. Hurricane-force winds begin at 74 miles per hour.

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"Upper-level winds are expected to become conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form while this system moves slowly west-northwestward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend and early next week". Additional strengthening is anticipated and Paulette is forecast to become a hurricane later today.

Forecasters said Paulette would become a hurricane later Saturday and drop up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain on the territory through Monday. This early tropical moisture is from a weak wave passing along the Louisiana Coast.

They could cause deadly rip currents, the hurricane center said.

The NHC also warned that the cone of uncertainty is much more uncertain than usual after 48 hours, "as small changes in the forecast steering flow could result in this system moving over the northern Gulf Coast faster and to the northeast of what is shown here". Gradual development of this system is forecast, and a tropical depression is expected to form by this weekend or early next week while the system moves generally westward across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic.

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