Friday, September 26, 2008

Stronger Tropical Storm Kyle Continues Northward

Tropical Storm Warning for Bermuda

5 pm Update: Aircraft reconnaissance indicates that Tropical Storm Kyle's maximum winds remain at 60 mph, although the storm is somewhat disorganized from the effects of wind shear (upper level westerly winds). The track continues to be to the west northwest, but a gradual turn to the north and north northeast is expected. The forecast path has been shifted a little to the east, increasing the chances of a landfall on the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia.

Original post:
Tropical Storm Kyle strengthened overnight; maximum winds are now 60 mph. The storm is moving north northwest from a position about 475 miles south southwest of Bermuda.

Some additional strengthening is likely, with Kyle becoming a hurricane by Saturday night. The forecast track continues to take the storm center well to the west of Bermuda, but westerly wind shear is forcing the strongest winds to the east side of the storm. This has prompted a Tropical Storm Warning to be issued for Bermuda.

As the storm continues on its northerly course, it is expected to make landfall late in the weekend somewhere from eastern New England through New Brunswick or Nova Scotia. Hurricane force wind gusts are possible as the storm reaches the Canadian Maritimes.

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