Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. There is only a short window of opportunity for Kate to reach hurricane strength before it moves over cooler waters and the shear increases to more than 30 kt by Wednesday morning. Kate is expected to remain a powerful cyclone as it becomes extratropical in about 36 hours.
Swells from Kate will begin to affect Bermuda tonight and continue through Wednesday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting the NHC website at www.hurricanes.gov