Powerful Hurricane Erika pushed farther away from land Monday with 125 mph winds, sparing the continental United States and most likely Bermuda.
“The core of the storm is almost certainly going to miss everybody,” said National Hurricane Center meteorologist Jack Beven. “If the storm follows our forecast track, it should miss Bermuda to the east by 200 or 300 miles.”
Bermuda will get higher surf but “nothing in the way of strong winds,” Beven said. Tropical-storm-force winds of at least 39 mph extend 200 miles from the eye.
At 8 p.m. PDT, the storm’s center was about 570 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, moving north-northeast at about 12 mph.
A weaker version of the hurricane skirted the Caribbean over the weekend.
The storm is the third hurricane of the Atlantic season. In July, Hurricane Danny caused flooding in Alabama and North Carolina, while Hurricane Billy disappeared harmlessly in the Atlantic.