Hurricane GERT making a miserable day at sea

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Late last night, the National Hurricane Centre upgraded GERT from tropical storm to a hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are a touch above 70 knots and increasing. Currently passing equidistant between Bermuda and the Outer Banks, GERT will turn to starboard soon and make a north-westerly heading and accelerate. The sooner this gets to tropical storm-depleting cooler waters the better, as far as those exposed at sea are concerned, which should be in around 48 hours from now. For them, this will be a miserable couple of days.

Disturbances Thirty and Thirty One are now about a day apart both headed more or less west in the central Atlantic. Both are producing disorganised showers and thunderstorms and are expected to move more west-nor'west over the next few days. It is hoped that this will cause the two systems - or combined system - to veer away from the Caribbean early.

Batten down in the western subtropical Atlantic.