AL.com: ALABAMA, USA, By Leigh Morgan – Hurricane Earl got stronger on Wednesday as it tracked northward in the general direction of Bermuda.
The second hurricane of 2022 isn’t expected to make a direct hit on Bermuda, but it will come close enough — and be strong enough — to bring some of the effects, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the island.
There’s no direct threat to the US from Earl, but the storm will churn up waves that could cause deadly rip currents along the East Coast.
The National Hurricane Center’s forecast shows Earl possibly becoming a Category 4 hurricane before it’s through.
The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday was also tracking Hurricane Danielle in the north Atlantic and two tropical waves that have the potential to become tropical depressions. None is an immediate threat to the US.
Earl was the main concern on Wednesday. Earl became a hurricane late Tuesday and could become a major hurricane soon.
As of 1pm CDT Wednesday, Hurricane Earl was located 440 miles south of Bermuda and was tracking northward at 8 mph.
Earl had winds up to 85 mph. The hurricane center expects Earl to continue to strengthen and become a major hurricane (Category 3) on Thursday, right about the time it will be passing the closest to Bermuda.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda, which won’t take a direct hit from Earl but will experience heavy rain, gusty winds and rough seas as the storm passes to the south and east. Tropical storm winds could reach the island by Thursday afternoon, the hurricane center said.
The official intensity forecast suggests Earl could peak with 130 mph winds in about two (2) days or so. That’s Category 4 intensity.
The hurricane center said waves from Earl could reach Bermuda tonight and then U.S. East Coast. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions through the weekend,” forecasters said.
The Atlantic’s first hurricane of 2022 continued to hang in there on Wednesday in the northern Atlantic, but the hurricane center anticipated it would begin to weaken soon.
Danielle is no threat land.
As of 10am CDT, Hurricane Danielle was located about 625 miles north of the Azores and was moving northeast at 16 mph. (The next update on Danielle won’t come until 4pm CDT.)
Danielle had winds of 80 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane.
There were no watches or warnings in effect for Danielle, which was expected to weaken and lose its tropical features starting later today as it moves over colder water.
ELSEWHERE IN THE ATLANTIC
The hurricane center was also tracking two tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic on Wednesday.
The closest one could become a tropical depression by Friday but then would run into more unfavorable conditions in the central Atlantic. It was no immediate threat to land.
The second tropical wave was near the west coast of Africa on Wednesday, the hurricane center said. It’s expected to move into the eastern Atlantic soon and then to the west-northwest. It has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.
The Atlantic hurricane season is in what is typically its busiest stretch. The climatological peak falls on September 10, and the last day of the season will be November 30.
Top Feature Graphic: National Hurricane Center