Five-day Tropical Weather Outlook. NHC/NOAA graphic
Tropical cyclone Cristobal strengthened into a hurricane on Monday night as it picked up speed heading away from The Bahamas heading towards Bermuda. Meanwhile, forecasters are tracking two more disturbances in the tropical Atlantic heading towards the Caribbean.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda and Cristobal is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches over the island, with tropical storm conditions possible by Wednesday afternoon.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 am EDT on Tuesday, the centre of hurricane Cristobal was located about 610 miles southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north near 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
On the forecast track, the centre of Cristobal will continue to move away from the Bahamas on Tuesday and pass to the west and north of Bermuda on Wednesday.
Cristobal is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas.
In the meantime, a tropical wave located about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are not expected to be favourable for significant development during the next couple of days, but could become more conducive by the end of the week or this weekend while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph.
A second tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa late this week. Conditions appear to be favourable for some development thereafter while the system moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern Atlantic.