Last night the center of tropical storm Rafael passed 20 miles to the east of us (heading north to Bermuda). Most of the wind and rain was on the eastern side (40 kn) and we only saw 5-15 kn all night. The wind has backed from E yesterday to NW last night to W this morning and is forecast to go SSW soon. Gorda Sound is well protected all around and an anchorage can be found for any wind direction.
We were lucky that Rafael took a sharp right turn and left us on the side with little wind or rain. It continues to intensify and even though now moving away from us the barometer is still dropping.