JOAQUIN headed for Bermuda - search for El Faro continues

Hurricane JOAQUIN is well over 250 miles north-east of the Bahamas for whom the storm is now history, leaving damage in its wake and anxious families waiting for news of the 33 crew of container ship El Faro. Latest aircraft data indicates that JOAQUIN still has now winds in excess of 100 knots.

Continued weakening is expected during the next few days. In about 72 hours, JOAQUIN is expected to transition to an extratropical storm. The cyclone will be passing a little west of Bermuda in a few hours from now where hurricane force winds can be expected. Aside from that, there will be no further threats to land areas.

Six hundred miles east of JOAQUIN, disturbance forty nine is drifting north-nor'east at a snail's pace. Development is not expected and dissipation is expected within the next 24-48 hours.

Disturbance fifty has become slightly better organised 700 miles north east of the mouth of the Amazon delta and thunderstorm activity has increased. Movement is to the west at 12 knots. A turn to the west-nor'west is expected over the next 48 hours and thereafter it will pass very near or just north of the northeastern Caribbean late on Wednesday or Thursday. Robust upper level wind shear which pushed JOAQUIN seaward is likely to be more than a match for this system but we will keep a weather watch.

Thoughts with families who wait for news and storm comes aloft in Bermuda, otherwise stand easy.

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