SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 9AM: Tropical Storm Leslie is currently
impacting Bermuda with high winds.
The Bermuda Weather Service said at 9am on Sunday Tropical Storm
Leslie's closest point of approach is expected to be 145 miles (126
nautical miles) east of Bermuda at noon on Sunday.
It is currently about 172 miles (150 nautical miles) southeast
of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 65mph. Leslie is moving
north at 9 mph.
It has sustained winds of 60mph with gusts of 70mph.
It added that tropical force storm winds extend outward for up
to 195 miles from the eye of the storm.
Rain bands are now over Bermuda and Leslie is expected to
produce between two and four inches of rain for Bermuda.
All flights are cancelled except British
Airways evening flight. The Airport will be closed between
9:30am and 4pm.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8: Tropical storm conditions are expected to hit
Bermuda in the next 36 hours, according to forecasters.
But the eye of Tropical Storm Leslie is still tracking
to the east of the island.
A Tropical Storm warning has been issued by the Bermuda Weather
A weather update at 6am this morning by the Bermuda
Weather Service stated: "Winds will gradually increase with a
few showers and a developing risk of thunder today as Leslie
continues its approach.
"Isolated thunderstorms and heavy showers are expected within rain
bands on Sunday, with tropical storm force winds expected by midday
Sunday, with storm force gusts around showers. Hazardous surf and
rip currents continue into Monday."
Tropical Storm Leslie remains a threat to the island and the
closest point of approach to Bermuda within the next 72 hours is
forecast to be 164 miles to the east at 1pm on Sunday.
At 6am today Leslie was 283 miles south southeast of Bermuda
and packing winds of between 55 and 65 knots.
The 6am update from the National Hurricane Center stated:
"Leslie is moving toward the north near 5mph and this general
motion is expected to continue through Sunday with a gradual
increase in forward speed.
"A turn toward the north north-east is expected on Sunday
"On the forecast track the center of Leslie is expected to pass
east of Bermuda on Sunday."
The National Hurricane Center said that Leslie could regain
hurricane status over the weekend.
Its 6am update added:"Leslie is expected to produce total rainfall
accumulations of two to four inches in Bermuda."
The next weather update will be at 12 noon.
FRIDAY, SEPT 7, 12:00PM: The eye of Leslie still
looks set to pass by the east of Bermuda, forecasters said
But as Leslie stalled this morning, they urged islanders not to
let their guard down as tropical storm conditions are likely this
weekend and the storm's movements remain unpredictable.
Leslie has weakened to a tropical storm but is expected to
regain hurricane strength.
Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen, from the National Hurricane Center
in Miami, told the Bermuda Sun shortly before 11am: "Right now the
island of Bermuda has a Tropical Storm Watch.
"Tropical storm conditions are nothing to fool around with.
People should expect tropical storm conditions as a
"At this moment we are looking for the centre of the storm to
pass to the east of Bermuda but that could still change.
"People should be looking at their hurricane plans and getting
their supplies in. One of the fortunate things about the storm
sitting out there and being stationary for so long is that it has
stirred up the water, bringing the cold water to the top and
keeping the strength of the storm down."
According to a 12pm update by the Bermuda Weather Service, the
storm remains a threat to the island.
Its closest point of approach within the next 72 hours is
expected to be 174 nautical miles east-southeast of Bermuda at 4pm
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.
At 12pm Leslie was 357 nautical miles south southeast of Bermuda
with winds near 70mph and higher gusts.
"But the hurricane is expected to drift slowly toward the north
or north north-west later today followed by a slightly faster
motion toward the north tonight and Saturday."
Kimberley Zuill, at the Bermuda Weather Service, told the Sun:
"The centre of the hurricane at the moment is stationary but the
track is forecasted to continue east.
"It has been stationary for some time and that makes it an
extremely difficult system to forecast. We don't want people to
"There is still uncertainty in the track and several scenarios
can occur. We continue to be on standby.
"It is going to be a very windy weekend with tropical storm
An update posted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami this
morning stated: "Leslie has been nearly stationary during the past
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 9:45AM: Hurricane Leslie might
not come as close to Bermuda as previously feared, a local
forecaster said this morning.
The latest forecast has the eye of the massive storm passing
roughly 115 miles to the east of the island.
But the outlook is subject to change and islanders are urged not
to be complacent.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Leslie is
currently a slow-moving, Category 1 hurricane with maximum
sustained winds near 75mph, with higher gusts. Gradual
strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.
Leslie's hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles
from the eye and tropical force winds extend outward up to 195
Jeff Torgerson of the Bermuda Weather Service said: "The track
is still in the forecast envelope, although the storm is to the
right, or east, of Bermuda."
But he warned: "We still expect tropical storm force winds
across the region on Saturday afternoon and storm force winds with
hurricane force gusts [on Sunday] as the storm moves north and
Hurricane Leslie appeared on Wednesday to be on target to score
a direct hit on the island - but its expected track has shifted to
the east overnight.
Mr Torgerson said: "It might shift back a bit - we can't rule
that out - but it looks like it will pass us to the east."
He added: "We are still expecting a significant storm - it's
best to hope for the best and prepare for the worst."
Leslie, according to today's 6am weather update, was around 380
nautical miles south-southeast of the island and packing gusts of
up to 80 knots.
It was heading north at 1 knot and is expected to be at its
closest point to the island around 3am on Sunday morning.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 12PM: Hurricane Leslie was at
noon today predicted to be a Category 2 storm when it hits
The latest update from forecasters said that Leslie is likely to
reach Category 1 status by 9pm tonight and continue to gather
strength as it maintains its two knots progress towards the
A spokesman for the Bermuda Weather Service said the weather
will begin to deteriorate as the weekend approaches.
He added: "By Saturday, all precautions need to be completed and
ideally by Friday night - we all need to be gearing up in that
Leslie is now around 410 nautical miles south-south east of
Bermuda and moving north towards the island at around two
The storm is currently packing gusts of up to 75 knots.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4: Hurricane Leslie is on track to
hit Bermuda in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Leslie, currently a Tropical Storm but gathering strength, is
forecast to be a Category 2 hurricane by Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the Bermuda Weather Service said: "This storm is
large in size, so we will probably experience tropical storm force
winds on Friday night.
"It's going to be windy for a while, a bit like Igor two years
A Category 2 storm means sustained winds of at least 83-95 knots,
with possible gusts of up to 110 knots.
Leslie is around 472 nautical miles south-south east of Bermuda
and moving north at around four knots.
*Image courtesy of the Bermuda Weather Service
Horseshoe Bay closed to swimmers
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4: The Department of Parks'
Lifeguard Service has advised that the surf conditions at Horseshoe
Bay are too dangerous to allow entry for swimming hence the
Lifeguards there have closed down the beach to swimmers.
Following a final inspection of the beach at approximately 12pm
today, the lifeguard services at Horseshoe Bay Beach was suspended
after ensuring that DO NOT ENTER WATER signs were erected at the
Lifeguard coverage at Horseshoe will remain suspended for the
rest of the week until conditions considerably improve.
The red high surf warning signs remain erected along the South
Shore from Church Bay, Southampton through to and including John
Smith's Bay, Smiths.
Lifeguard coverage remains at Clearwater Beach and Turtle Beach.
Lifeguards seasonal coverage to Cooper's Island Long Bay stopped as
of yesterday evening.
The public is asked to heed the warnings of the signs to avoid
placing the lives of rescue personnel at risk during these
dangerous surf conditions.
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