NICOLE eyeing up Bermuda as a hurricane

Monday 10th October 2016

From west to east

Disturbance thirty eight is centred close to the north of the Panama Canal and moving to the west at 10 knots towards and uneventful conclusion in Central America.

Tropical storm NICOLE is located about 500 miles south of Bermuda and moving north at 5 knots. This currently has maximum sustained winds of 60 knots but is freshening and expected to become a hurricane again within the next 24 hours. Despite earlier indications that this would not impact land, it now seems NICOLE will pass very close to Bermuda as a strong hurricane on Thursday.

Disturbance forty one has just passed the Windward Islands and taken a sharp turn towards the north. Despite this, and some showers and thunderstorm activity across the Windward Islands and northern Venezuela, this is not expected to develop.

Disturbance forty two has piped up about 1400 east of Trinidad. This is moving to the west-nor'west at 12 knots. There is a slight chance of development over the next week as it moves into the Caribbean and will enhance showers and thunderstorms across the Lesser Antilles later in the week.

MATTHEW is now an extratropical storm as it continues to move away from the eastern seaboard and weakening as it does so. This may be the last mention of MATTHEW which will be a relief to us all.

Early warning to stand by with a storm watch for Bermuda.