Tropical Storm Shary strengthens in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Shary strengthened in the Atlantic as it heads towards Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said Friday, adding that a new system was forming off the coast of French Guyana.
At 0900 GMT Shary was located some 425 kilometers (265 miles) south of Bermuda, packing winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour, the NHC said.
The storm was moving towards the north-west at 30 kilometers (18 miles) per hour.
"On the forecast track, the center of Shary is expected to pass near or to the east of Bermuda (late Friday)," the NHC said.
"Some strengthening is forecast (Friday), with weakening likely over the weekend" as the storm heads into the open waters of the Atlantic, the NHC said.
Tropical storm warnings were issued for Bermuda, the NHC said.
Separately, a weather system just off the coast of far north-eastern Brazil, French Guyana and Suriname was producing showers and thunderstorms and expected to strengthen in the next days.
"There is a high chance -- 60 percent -- of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours," the NHC said.
The water-logged Caribbean basin has endured a heavy 2010 storm season. The ground is saturated with moisture in many areas, and more rain could easily triggger landslides and flooding.
© 2010 AFP