I am in Bermuda where conditions are steadily getting worse as hurricane Gonzalo closes in. I am going to keep this fairly short as I will be posting video clips, Twitter updates and Instagram video clips as often as possible. I can do a better job of keeping you updated that way than trying to write blog posts.
The hurricane is weakening which was expected. However the wind field has expanded and this means Bermuda will be within hurricane conditions for a longer period of time. One of the biggest concerns is storm surge, it is tough to say how high it will get, but Fabian in 2003 brought 10 feet of surge to areas of Bermuda. We shall see, it looks like Gonzalo could be stronger. Time will tell.
The worst looks to arrive in Bermuda after dark, unfortunately, and then conditions will rapidly improve tomorrow morning as the hurricane quickly moves off to the northeast. In between will be several hours of damaging wind and battering waves. Rain fall will likely be less than 6 inches, possibly higher in some locations.
Meanwhile, TS Ana is forecast to move south of the Hawaiian islands enough so that I see its threat diminishing over the coming days. High waves and some passing squalls could still impact the islands but this is not going to be a big issue.
I will post as much and as often as I can via social media and our app, Hurricane Impact. The app features a live weather data feed here in Bermuda that I set up yesterday at the home of a local contractor. He was very helpful and generous to let me do this in a location that could see very high winds.
I wish the people of Bermuda the best of luck. I’ll keep plugging away and posting updates for as long as the infrastructure will allow.
Mark Sudduth 11:30 AM ET Oct 18