ORLANDO, Fla. – A ridge of high pressure continues to dominate much of the Atlantic bringing tranquil weather. The dry air will make it hard for much development to occur.
Hurricane Earl is now a Category 2 Hurricane in the Atlantic with winds of 100 mph. While the system will never threaten Florida, it is expected to impact Bermuda.
Earl is moving to the north at 9 mph. The storm has pulled away from Puerto Rico and is now headed toward Bermuda. The updated forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows Earl’s center was expected to pass to the southeast of Bermuda within the next couple of days.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday, Earl is now a Category 1 Hurricane. Wind speeds in the storm have dropped to 90 mph, and Earl is moving north-northeast at 15 mph.
The eye of Earl is not forecast to ever make landfall, though the wind field is lashing Bermuda with Tropical Storm-force winds that are expected to last into Friday.
Earl is still expected to become a Category 3 Hurricane by Friday night. On the current path, Earl will move into the north Atlantic and become extra-tropical by late Sunday night.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Danielle is now gone as of 11 p.m. Thursday.
Two tropical waves are highlighted by the National Hurricane Center. Both have only a 20% chance of developing over the next five days.
Any development, if it were to occur, would be slow over the next several days.
They are not a threat to Florida at this time.