Not a mutant ninja .. but likely to mutate into a Hurricane today. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda.
Rafael is the 17th named system of the 2012 hurricane season. Currently located about 645 miles to the South of Bermuda at 23.0North 65.7West with winds of 70 mph and a central pressure of 985 mb, Rafael is moving at about 9 mph toward the north-northwest. A turn toward the North is anticipated today or early tomorrow and a turn toward the northeast on Tuesday with an increase in forward speed. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles form the storms center at this time. Tropical storm force winds may begin to impact Bermuda tomorrow. The exact track of Rafael is uncertain at this time. We urge those on the island of Bermuda to monitor this storm closely in the coming days.
Hazards associated with Rafael at this time include additional heavy rains of 1 to 3 inches over areas of the Leeward Islands with possible storm totals up to 12 inches, which may cause ‘flash floods and mudslides’. Also high surf is anticipated to affect Bermuda over the coming days causing rip current conditions which may endanger life.
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TRMM Microwave Image shows the eye of Rafael wrapping up