FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 10am: A ‘hurricane watch’ is now in place for Bermuda with a direct hit from Igor expected early Monday morning.
Igor's closest point of approach to Bermuda is now expected around 2am Monday, 10 nautical miles east of the island (updated at 3pm Friday).
*NOAA/Weather Service image
Onset of tropical storm force winds (34kt/40mph): 2am Sunday for the marine area, 4am Sunday on island.
Onset of storm force winds (50kt/58mph): 1pm Sunday for the marine area, 2pm Sunday on island.
Onset of hurricane force winds (64kt/74mph): 6pm Sunday for the marine area, 9pm Sunday on island.
Cessation of hurricane force winds (64kt/74mph): 5am Monday on island, 6am Monday for the marine area.
Cessation of storm force winds (50kt/58mph): 7am Monday on island, 8am Monday for the marine area.
Cessation of tropical storm force winds (34kt/40mph): 11am Monday on island, 1pm Monday for the marine area.
* figures from Sept. 17, 9am forecast
The massive storm is advancing slowly towards the island and is expected to be a Category 2 or Category 3 hurricane when it makes landfall.
As of the 9am forecast today, the eye of the storm is expected to pass within 11 nautical miles (13 miles) of Bermuda at 2am on Monday.
Hurricane force winds will buffet the island for at least eight hours, from 9pm on Sunday until 5am on Monday.
The National Hurricane Centre in Miami put an official ‘hurricane watch’ in place for Bermuda at midnight local time yesterday.
That means there are now 48 hours for residents to make their final storm preparations before the onset of tropical storm force winds.
Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the NHC, said forecasters would now be putting out updates every three hours.
He added: “It is going to be very close to the island and it is a very big storm.”
Nick Camizzy, duty meteorologist at the Bermuda Weather Centre, said it was still difficult to say which direction the winds would come from.
He said Bermudians should prepare for both directions and anticipate a long, drawn out hurricane with tropical storm force winds affecting the island for an estimated 36 hours.
Igor is an unusually large storm. At 470 nautical miles (540 miles) it is 50 per cent larger than Fabian, which was considered a large hurricane.
Its position at 9am this morning was 632 nautical miles (727miles) south/south-east of Bermuda.