Hurricane Joaquin Strengthens to Category 4 Again As It Heads Toward Bermuda

Hurricane Joaquin continues has begun to strengthen again as the eye is become very well defined and pressures are dropping again by about one millibar per hour so it is once again a Category 4 Hurricane with max winds at 130 mph.http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/floaters/11L/imagery/vis_lalo-animated.gif

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...SEVERE HURRICANE JOAQUIN WITH 130 MPH WINDS MOVES AWAY FROM THE
BAHAMAS...
...IT THREATENS BERMUDA...


SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...25.8N 72.0W
ABOUT 625 MI...1005 KM SW OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 200 MI...320 KM NE OF SAN SALVADOR
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 50 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...936 MB...27.64 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Bermuda

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Bermuda
 WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: The Government of the Bahamas has discontinued all watches and warnings for the Bahamas and for the Turk and Caicos Islands. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Bermuda A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * Bermuda

 

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Take a look at the loop above and look to the east northeast of the hurricane and you can see a low level circulation there with thunderstorms curling around the center. This is likely to be the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida and it certainly looks like it is trying to develop today. I point this out because this is the reason why Hurricane Joaquin did not get caught in the trough along the east coast. The other reason is that by developing into a very deep system, it was able to maintain a separate identity. A shallower system would probably have been absorbed by the trough along the east coast in the strong southerly flow. Hurricane Joaquin is likely to be a category 4 hurricane when it passes at it’s closest point to Bermuda.

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This hurricane center forecast is an update from the previous one. On its present forecast course the core of the hurricane will pass west of Bermuda.

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