Not so much the Bermuda Triangle as the Bermuda Squeeze, as the forecast tracks of two tropical cyclones put them on a collision course with Bermuda
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Nicole, which formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday, has changed its path and is heading towards Bermuda. According to the Bermuda Weather Service, the system is a potential threat the island, with its closest point of approach within three days forecast to be 240 nautical miles to the south at 9:00 am on Friday.
In the meantime, the forecast track of Hurricane Matthew has it moving away from the US East Coast at the weekend and also heading in the general direction of Bermuda.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located about 490 miles (790 km) south of Bermuda, moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn towards the northwest and north-northwest is expected through Thursday. A slower meandering motion is forecast Thursday night and Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible during the next day or so.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the centre.
Tropical outlook. NOAA graphic
Meanwhile, a tropical wave is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands. Development of this system is not expected during the next few days while it moves westward at 15 mph, but some development could be possible when the wave reaches the southwestern Caribbean Sea early next week.
Locally heavy rains and gusty winds are possible in the Windward and southern Leeward Islands during the next couple of days as the wave moves through the area.