Located about 400 miles south of Bermuda, the hurricane is moving north at 10 mph. It is expected to continue to strengthen into a major Category 3 storm as it passes southeast of Bermuda on Thursday evening.
A hurricane watch is now in effect for Bermuda and a tropical storm warning also remains in place for the island. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours, while a hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible.
“Although the center of Earl is expected to pass southeast of Bermuda, the wind field is expected to increase, with tropical storm force winds expected to spread across the island from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning,” the hurricane center said.
The storm is expected to move northeast from there, away from any landmass.
Earl became the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Friday, forming 185 miles east of the Leeward Islands.
Last Hurricane Danielle
It is expected to weaken to a tropical storm on Thursday.
When Danielle became a named storm on September 1, it was the first since July 3, meaning last month was the first August in 25 years to go without a single named storm in the Atlantic.
The last time the first hurricane of a season formed this late was on September 11, 2013, with Hurricane Humberto.