Tropical Storm Earl is a potential threat to Bermuda

Tropical Storm Earl is expected to become a hurricane later this week.

In a Tuesday morning update, the National Hurricane Center said that the storm was a bit disheveled.

At 5 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time, the center of Earl was located about 345 miles north of St. Thomas.

The tropical storm was moving northward near 7 mph, with a slow northward to north-northwestward motion expected to continue through Wednesday.

From Wednesday through Thursday night, a faster motion toward the north-northeast and northeast is expected.

The maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph, with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend over the Atlantic outward up to 115 miles from the center.

Strengthening is predicted over the coming days.

Earlier today the Emergency Measures Organization issued a statement for the general public.

Tropical Storm Earl is a potential threat to Bermuda. It is currently 518nm South of Bermuda with winds of 55kts gusting to 65kts.

It is forecast to be 105nm SE of Bermuda at midnight Thursday, as a strong Cat 2 or weak Cat 3 Hurricane.

The EMO Executive will meet at 10am on Wednesday 7 September to discuss preparations should they be needed. At present the island will at least be impacted by Tropical Storm force winds and sea conditions on Thursday and Friday which may increase should the track and intensity of Earl change.”

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