HAMILTON, Bermuda, Monday September 16, 2019 – Hurricane Humberto is threatening to impact Bermuda later this week.
No watches or warnings had been issued up to this morning, but forecasters from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said a tropical storm watch would likely be required for Bermuda later this afternoon.
At 11 a.m., Humberto was located about 710 west of the small Caribbean island and moving towards the east northeast at 7 miles per hour, with that motion expected to continue with a gradual increase in forward speed right through to Thursday.
“On the forecast track, the centre of Humberto is forecast to approach Bermuda Wednesday night. Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Humberto could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night,” the NHC said in its 11 a.m. forecast. A major hurricane is Category 3 or above, with maximum sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.
The NHC said Humberto may bring periods of heavy rain to Bermuda beginning on Thursday, and the Bermuda Weather Service said the hurricane would also bring dangerous sea conditions to the island ahead of its arrival.
Over the weekend, when Humberto was still a tropical storm, it dumped heavy rains on parts of The Bahamas that were devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago, and the NHC said its outer bands were expected to produce an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall in the central Bahamas, with isolated storm total rainfall amounts of 6 inches.
Swells generated by Humberto are also forecast to affect the northwestern Bahamas during the next few days.