MIAMI ? Tropical Storm Tomas has formed in the Atlantic, becoming the season’s 19th named storm.
Several tropical storm warnings were issued today for several areas including Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tomas was about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Barbados on this afternoon. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). It was expected to pass over the Windward Islands on Saturday and could become a hurricane by Sunday.
Meanwhile, Bermuda canceled ferry services and urged islanders to secure their boats as Tropical Storm Shary swirled toward the tiny British Atlantic territory.
At 2 p.m., Tropical Storm Shary was moving north-northwest near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through this afternoon.
A turn toward the northeast accompanied by an increase in forward speed is expected tonight and Saturday morning.
On the forecast track, the center of Shary is expected to pass near or just east of Bermuda tonight and early Saturday.
Recent satellite data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph with higher gusts.
Some additional strengthening is forecast this afternoon and tonight.
Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 100 miles.
6:20 a.m. update
MIAMI ? A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Shary approaches in the Atlantic.
Shary’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 40 mph (65 kph). Some strengthening is expected later in the day but the National Hurricane Center in Miami says weakening is likely over the weekend.
Shary’s center is expected to pass near or east of Bermuda on Friday night. Wind and tropical storm conditions are expected in Bermuda by the afternoon.
Shary is located about 265 miles (425 kilometers) south of Bermuda and moving northwest near 18 mph (30 kph).