Saturday 5 December, 2020

TS Paula forecast to become hurricane, Bermuda & Bahamas on high alert

Tropical Storm Pauette is expected to become a hurricane over the weekend.

According to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Centre at 5am on Friday, swells are forecast to spread across the southwestern Atlantic with increasing rip current threat.

There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but interests in Bermuda have been advised to monitor the storm's progress.

At 5 am the centre of Tropical Storm Paulette was about 1020 miles from southeast Bermuda.

The NHC said it’s moving toward the west-northwest at approximately 10 miles per hour.

A motion toward the northwest is expected for the next few days.

On the forecast track, Paulette's centre should approach Bermuda by Sunday night or early on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Little change in strength is expected during the day today, but a gradual strengthening is expected to begin tonight or on Saturday, with Paulette expected to become a hurricane over the weekend.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the centre.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 991mb, the equivalent of 29.27 inches.

Swells generated by Paulette are expected to reach portions of the Leeward Islands today and will continue to spread westward to portions of the Greater Antilles, Bahamas, Bermuda and the southeastern United States into this weekend.

These islands are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Residents are advised to be on the lookout for advisories from their local weather office.

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