Sunday 20 September, 2020

Hurricane Paulette weakens over the North Atlantic

Photo: National Hurricane Centre

Photo: National Hurricane Centre

Post-Tropical Cyclone Paulette now has the wind speed of a category one hurricane.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Paulette’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 255 miles (405 km).

Further weakening is forecast to take place during the next couple of days.

At 11am AST, the centre of Paulette was located about 450 miles (725 km) east-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 35 mph (56 km/h), and this general motion is expected through Thursday.

Afterward, the cyclone is forecast to slow down and turn toward the southeast and south late Thursday and Friday.

Swells generated by Paulette will continue to affect the Atlantic coast of Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and portions of the east coast of the United States through tonight.

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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