As everyone watches the powerful Category 5 Hurricane Irma, another named storm has formed in the Atlantic, becoming the third active storm in the region and the 11th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. .
The latest to form, Tropical Storm Katia, “is not a threat to Bermuda at the moment”, according to the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] said today.
Its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours is expected to be 1759 nm southwest at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 7, with the BWS noting that “this system may approach Bermuda after this period. “.
Graphic showing the position of the three, courtesy of the NHC
None of the storms are considered a threat to Bermuda at this time, but other areas are not as lucky with Hurricane Irma heading towards them with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph . [295 km/h] with higher gusts.
he is under hurricane warning include Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, United States and British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saba, Saint Eustache, Saint Martin / St. Maarten, Saint-Barth, the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Guadeloupe, the south-eastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard, while Florida Governor Rick Scott also stated a state of emergency.
Bermuda National Security Minister Wayne Caines has previously urged residents to remain vigilant in their storm preparedness and noted that the Emergency Measures Organization [EMO] closely monitors all weather activity in the Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Katia, courtesy of BWS:
Tropical Storm Jose, courtesy of BWS:
Hurricane Irma, graphic courtesy of BWS:
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