HAMILTON, Bermuda, Wednesday September 18, 2019 – Humberto, now a major storm at Category 3 strength, has prompted officials to issue an order for residents to stay off the streets, close schools early and embody the Bermuda Regiment, among other measures in anticipation of impact.
Hurricane Humberto, with maximum sustained winds reaching 115 miles per hour this morning, is expected to pass just to the northwest and north of Bermuda tonight, with the closest point of approach now forecast to be at 7 p.m.
At a press conference yesterday, National Security Minister Wayne Caines said that several decisions were made on measures to prepare the island, following a meeting of the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). At the time, the hurricane’s closes point of approach was forecast to be around 9 p.m., and Caines urged resident are urged to be off the roads by 7 p.m.
Public schools and government offices will close at noon, and while schools will remain closed tomorrow, government offices will reopen as normal.
Additionally, all buses will be off the roads at 5 p.m.; the Bermuda Regiment will be embodied as of 5 p.m.; and ambulances will be strategically assigned around the island.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said weather should begin to deteriorate in Bermuda later today.
At 5 a.m. Hurricane Humberto was located 285 miles west of the island and moving east northeast at 16 miles per hour. That general motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected through early tomorrow, followed by a northeastward to north-northeastward motion through Friday.
“On the forecast track, the core of Humberto is expected to pass just to the northwest and north of Bermuda later tonight….Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or so, but Humberto should remain a powerful hurricane through early Thursday. A steady weakening trend should begin later on Thursday,” the NHC said in its 5 a.m. advisory.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Bermuda, which is under a hurricane warning, tonight and continue into early tomorrow morning, and winds are expected to reach tropical-storm strength later this afternoon.
According to the NHC, Humberto may bring periods of heavy rain to Bermuda through tomorrow, with rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with maximum amounts of 6 inches expected.
Large swells generated by the hurricane will also increase along the coast of Bermuda today, and dangerous breaking waves, especially along south-facing beaches, will be possible tonight into tomorrow, and could cause coastal flooding.