The Latest: Power outages reported as Hurricane Joaquin lashes Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) â€” The latest on Hurricane Joaquin and the storm’s predicted path. (All times local):
Emergency services have been placed on alert and officials in Bermuda are reporting scattered power outages as Hurricane Joaquin lashes the island with winds and pelting rain.
Residents of the mid-Atlantic British dependency have hunkered down at home after stocking up on gas and batteries as the Category 2 hurricane whipped the mid-Atlantic British territory. All flights to L.F. Wade International Airport were cancelled and ferry service was closed due to rough seas.
Forecasters say the eye of Hurricane Joaquin is passing just west of Bermuda and tropical storm conditions continue on the island.
By late Sunday afternoon, sustained winds had dropped to 100 mph (155 kph) and forecasters described the storm’s eye as “ragged.” Still, it was expected to bring hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge to Bermuda Sunday evening when the eye passes closest to the island.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said isolated tornadoes were also possible.
Forecasters say Hurricane Joaquin’s sustained winds have dropped to 105 mph (165 kph), making it a Category 2 storm.
It’s still expected to bring hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge to Bermuda later in the day when the storm’s center passes the island. U.S. forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say isolated tornadoes are also possible.
As the hurricane’s eye moves toward Bermuda, swells kicked up by the storm will continue to affect the Bahamas and the eastern coast of the U.S. about 600 miles (965 kilometers) away.
Joaquin is weakening as it heads north. By late Sunday morning, forecasters said it was a powerful Category 3 storm with winds near 115 mph (185 kph). It is expected to bring hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surges to Bermuda by the afternoon when the center passes near the island.
As the hurricane moves toward Bermuda, swells kicked up by the storm will continue to affect the Bahamas and the eastern coast of the United States.
The island of Bermuda is preparing for an encounter with Hurricane Joaquin.
People on the British island territory on Sunday boarded up windows and stocked up on supplies as the storm moved toward the island as a Category 3 hurricane. Ferries and bus service were suspended, shelters were expected to open and emergency service agencies were on alert.
The Bermuda Weather Service reports that the island should start to feel tropical storm-force winds later Sunday. The center of Joaquin is expected to pass about 60 miles (97 kilometers) from the island on Monday.
The storm was 210 miles (340 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda on Sunday and has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph). It is moving northeast at 21 mph (33 kph).
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says conditions on Bermuda have begun to deteriorate as Joaquin approaches on a northeastward path.
The Miami-based center says about 5 a.m. Saturday that a hurricane warning has been issued for Bermuda by that country’s weather service and damaging winds are expected later in the day.
Miami experts say the storm is a Category 4 hurricane centered about 250 miles (400 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda. It has sustained top winds of 120 mph (195 kph).
The center says hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 kilometers).
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Joaquin remains an “extremely dangerous” storm heading on a northeastward forecast path toward Bermuda.
The Miami-based center says a hurricane warning has been issued for Bermuda by that country’s weather service.
Miami experts say the storm is a Category 4 hurricane centered about 320 miles (510 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda. It has sustained top winds of 125 mph (205 kph).