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Bermuda Issues Tropical Storm Watch as Maria Approaches

September 13, 2011

(Updates storm’s position in second paragraph.)

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Maria advanced northward over Atlantic waters, prompting Bermuda to issue a watch as the season’s 14th named storm draws closer, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Maria’s top winds are 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, according to a center advisory at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The storm is 725 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving north-northwest at 3 mph, and is forecast to strengthen over the next two days without reaching the 74-mph hurricane threshold.

The forecast path has Maria passing west of Bermuda early on Sept. 15, then east of Nova Scotia before possibly hitting eastern Newfoundland on Sept. 16. Energy assets in the storm’s potential path include the Sable Offshore Energy Project, a natural gas field off Canada operated by Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Hibernia Management & Development Co. also has two rigs within the potential path on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.

Tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph stretch as far as 200 miles from Maria’s center, and the system may bring 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain or more to parts of Puerto Rico, the NHC said.

The remnants of Hurricane Katia blasted over the northern U.K. yesterday with winds gusting up to 80 mph. Most of Scotland and parts of England and Northern Ireland were warned to expect high gusts today, the Met Office government forecaster said.

Tropical Storm Nate dissipated over Mexico during the weekend. Petroleos Mexicanos, Latin America’s largest oil producer, said it resumed operations at exploration and production offshore facilities affected by Nate.

The six-month hurricane season that started June 1 ends on Nov. 30.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net; Ann Koh in Singapore at akoh15@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net; Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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