While the latest forecast places Hurricane Jose some 378nm to the South South West of Bermuda by 3pm on Tuesday, National Security Minister Wayne Caines has advised that the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) continues to monitor the storm closely.
According to the latest update by the Bermuda Weather Service, Jose is now a potential threat to Bermuda, and could move closer to the island after Tuesday, packing winds of 105 knots with gusts to 130 knots.
Minister Caines, who is also the Chairman of the EMO said tonight: “Throughout the week we have been paying close attention to both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.
“As it relates to Hurricane Jose, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) and the Bermuda Weather BWS have indicated that there is a strong possibility of Jose turning south, away from Bermuda.
“I want to assure Bermuda that the EMO is prepared and stands ready to convene should Hurricane Jose’s forecasted track change to pose a serious threat to Bermuda. However, at this stage it is extremely critical to remind residents that we are in the throes of a very active and very unpredictable storm season.
“In fact, this is the season’s peak, and we have already seen historically powerful hurricanes cause unprecedented devastation and destruction. So, we cannot stress enough about the importance of residents being prepared in the event of a serious storm.”
The Minister also encouraged members of the public to follow regular updates provided by the BWS in conjunction with the NHC. The next tropical weather updates on Hurricane Jose will be at midnight tonight and 6am tomorrow morning from the BWS.
He also noted that the Emergency Broadcast Station on 100.1FM is now operational, broadcasting music only. The public is encouraged to tune in to check if they can receive the station.
The Minister also listed the following tips on hurricane preparedness:
- Securing homes and checking storm shutters
- Having the necessary supply of batteries, including a backup battery/power supply for cell phones
- Having at least two weeks supply of medication for the selves, other family members and pets
- Updating first aid kits
- Checking gas canisters for use
- Having necessary unperishable food supplies in the house