HAMILTON, Bermuda, Wednesday September 18, 2019 – Hurricane force winds are expected to reach Bermuda this evening, as a larger and stronger Humberto moves closer to the island.
The impending hurricane, at Category 3 strength with maximum sustained winds now near 120 miles per hour, has forced the closure of government offices and schools and cancellation of evening flights at the airport.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Hurricane Humberto was located 195 miles west of the island, and was moving towards the east northeast at 16 miles per hour.
It is expected to remain a major hurricane through early tomorrow. And the core of Jerry is expected to pass just to the northwest and north of the island tonight. The Bermuda Weather Service has forecast that its closest point to the island will be 101 miles to the northwest at 8 p.m.
“Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or so, but Humberto should remain a powerful hurricane through early Thursday while it passes close to Bermuda. A steady weakening trend should begin later on Thursday,” the NHC said.
Humberto is a large hurricane and continues to grow in size. Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 105 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles based on reports from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft.
The NHC said a prolonged period of dangerous winds is expected on Bermuda from late this afternoon through tomorrow morning, with hurricane-force winds expected overnight tonight.
It added that storm surge and dangerous breaking waves could cause coastal flooding tonight and tomorrow along the southern coast of Bermuda.