At first it was not considered to be a threat to Bermuda, but by today it was, but the good news is that Hurricane Tammy is expected to weaken to a tropical storm before making a direct hit on Bermuda.

At last check, the storm was located some 690 miles to the south of the island, packing winds of 75mph and tracking in a north-northeasterly direction.

Forecasters say the closest point of approach within the next three days will be on Thursday evening, when the storm will be around 320 miles to the southeast of the island.

Tammy is forecast to pass over the the island on Saturday afternoon, with winds of about 50 mph.

Forecasters at the US National Hurricane Centre say Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from the centre, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 125 miles.

To date, 20 named storms have hit the Atlantic this season, including seven hurricanes. Three of them became major hurricanes, as the season draws to an end at the end of November.