A hurricane watch was issued for Bermuda on Wednesday as Hurricane Earl approaches and is expected to become a major storm.
Earl, the second hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph at 5 p.m., making it a Category 1 storm. an advice.
But the center is expected to increase and become a “major hurricane,” meaning a Category 3, on Thursday. Category 3 hurricanes have picked up winds from 111 mph to 129 mph and can cause devastating damage.
The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning had previously been issued and remained in effect.
The center of the hurricane was expected to pass southeast of Bermuda, but as of Thursday afternoon, tropical storm winds will spread across the island, the National Hurricane Center said.
Bermuda’s Ministry of National Security said that the storm’s closest approach will be around midnight Friday morning, when it is expected to be about 99 nautical miles east-southeast of Bermuda.
Residents were told to secure outdoor furniture, have a plan, stock up on medications and make sure their hurricane kits are up to date.
The US Hurricane Center says between 1 and 2 inches of rain is forecast for Bermuda through Friday
While Earl is not expected to threaten the US, the swell is expected to reach Bermuda Wednesday night and the US East Coast shortly after. Such swells could set off life-threatening surf and currents throughout the weekend, the Hurricane Center said.
Earl strengthened into a hurricane on Tuesday. The center was located about 405 miles south of Bermuda at 5 p.m. Wednesday and was moving north at 8 mph, the hurricane center said.
The first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season formed Friday with Daniellewhich had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph on Wednesday and was about 625 miles northwest of the Azores.
It will weaken Thursday and become a post-tropical cyclone, according to the hurricane center. There were no coastguards or advisories in effect.
It is the first time since September 2020 that the Atlantic Ocean has had multiple hurricanes at once. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.