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Hurricane Earl threatens Bermuda and could bring dangerous swells to the US East Coast

The storm named Earl has become the second hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season Tuesday evening should be close to Bermuda later this week.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Earl was 460 miles south of Bermuda, traveling north at 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is expected to accelerate to a major Category 3 or higher hurricane on Thursday. Category 3 hurricanes have sustained winds between 111 mph and 129 mph and can cause devastating damage.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda and the center of Earl is expected to pass southeast of the island Thursday evening.

Tropical storm-force winds could spread across the island Thursday afternoon through Friday morning, the hurricane center said. The storm is also expected to dump 1 or 2 inches of rain on Bermuda through Friday.

Although Earl is not expected to threaten the United States, his swell is expected to reach Bermuda by Wednesday evening and the US East Coast shortly thereafter. These swells can cause life-threatening surf and rip conditions throughout the weekend, the hurricane center said.

Earl isn’t alone heading out into the Atlantic.

Hurricane Danielle is located about 625 miles northwest of the Azores and is expected to weaken later Wednesday, transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone Thursday, according to the hurricane center.

This is the first time since September 2020 that the Atlantic Ocean has experienced multiple hurricanes simultaneously. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.


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