Tropical Storm Arthur is a potential threat to Bermuda
Tropical Storm Arthur — the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season — is a “potential threat to Bermuda,” the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) said.
The BWS said its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 293 nm to the NNW at 6am on Wednesday, May 20, noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”
The Minister of National Security Wayne Caines advised that the Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] is “closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur.”
Minister Caines “assures Bermuda that all steps are being taken to ensure the island is prepared, and reminded the community that as we are less than two weeks away from the start of hurricane season, now would be a good time to assess their emergency plans and storm supplies”.
Minister Caines said, “We are very cognizant of the anxiety and concern that people experience with an approaching storm. Against the backdrop of what we are dealing with as a country with COVID-19, I want to assure the community that we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that Bermuda is storm ready and that our people are protected.
“We know that for some this can be an overwhelming time, so as a reminder, should anyone wish to seek support or comfort as we navigate through this, they can call our Emotional Well-being Hotline at 543-1111”, said the Minister.
Minister Caines added, “Due to COVID-19, the EMO has been meeting on a regular basis, and tomorrow as part of our normally scheduled meeting, Tropical Storm Arthur will feature prominently in our discussions.
Hurricane Season is from June 1 – November 30, and meteorologists have indicated that this year’s season has the potential to be particularly active due to warmer temperatures. Tropical Storm Arthur has kick started the season off early and it’s a timely reminder that we should all be sufficiently prepared. To follow the latest developments associated with this storm system visit www.weather.bm.