Gabrielle Buffeting Bermuda With Showers, Seas and Wind

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
September 11, 2013; 1:42 PM
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Gabrielle came back to life and continued to affect Bermuda at midweek with some rain, gusty winds and rough seas.

Bermuda, a popular tourist destination over the western Atlantic Ocean, will feel the effects of Tropical Storm Gabrielle through Wednesday.

The tropical storm will begin to curve to the north then to the northeast over the balance of the week.

Disruptive winds high in atmosphere have sheared the top of the storm away, but a notable circulation remained close to the sea surface Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

While the storm is not expected to cause major damage, it will bring minor disruptions to tourist activities, dangerous surf and beach erosion for a short period of time with windswept rain.

Small craft operators should remain in port until the storm passes and seas subside Thursday.

On a positive note, Gabrielle has delivered some rain to the islands with most areas picking up about an inch as of early Wednesday morning.

This radar image of Bermuda was taken at 8:23 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept., 11, 2013, and appears courtesy of the Bermuda Weather Service. The center of Gabrielle appears just west of the islands.

There is the potential for an additional inch of rain through the day Wednesday.

Since there is no ground water, rain is collected and stored on the islands for future use.

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Rainfall from June 1 through Sept. 9, 2013, has only been about 50 percent of normal.

Gabrielle has produced tropical storm-force gusts on the islands. Many structures on Bermuda are built to withstand a direct hit from a major hurricane.

Friday into Saturday, Gabrielle will bring stormy conditions to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and surrounding waters as it accelerates to the northeast toward Atlantic Canada.


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