The latest advisory out of the National Hurricane center has shifted Ophelia’s track slightly to the west and towards Bermuda. Forecast models have shown a slight trend to a more westward track than initially thought and so Ophelia may pass closer than originally thought. But as for now, since a similar shift occurred last night, the NHC is keeping faith in its track. Although the storm isn’t expected to make a direct hit on Bermuda, it will pass close enough to get sliced by Bermuda Radar so I expect some excellent images as the storm passes closeby. Little, if any, change in strength is expected to occur between now and Ophelia clearing Bermuda sometime Sunday.
Tropical Storm Phillipe may be a threat to Bermuda after five days as a pattern remains favorable for storms to continue to recurve towards Bermuda and Atlantic Canada. However, its intensity at such a time is highly debated and could play a huge role in its track – along with Ophelia’s track in terms of inter-cyclone interactions.