HAMILTON, Bermuda, Tuesday September 17, 2019 – Bermuda is now under both hurricane watch and tropical storm warning with a growing Humberto on track to pass the island as a major hurricane sometime tomorrow night.
Humberto is currently a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds now near 100 miles per hour.
But in the latest update on the hurricane at 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said some strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Humberto could become a major hurricane – Category 3 or higher – late tonight or tomorrow morning.
The hurricane at that time was located about 525 miles west of Bermuda and moving towards the east northeast at 8 miles per hour.
“On the forecast track, the centre of Humberto is expected to pass just to the north of Bermuda Wednesday night….Some strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Humberto could become a major hurricane late tonight or Wednesday morning,” the NHC said, adding that Humberto is a large hurricane, with hurricane-force winds that extend outward up to 60 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 175 miles.
“Hurricane Humberto is a threat to Bermuda. Local conditions will deteriorate today and through Wednesday ahead of Humberto with showers, squalls and patchy heavy rain, as well as gusty thunderstorms. Storm force winds with hurricane force gusts are predicted during Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning,” the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) said this afternoon.
The NHC said Humberto may bring periods of heavy rain to the island beginning today, with rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and isolated maximum amounts near 6 inches expected. It added that large swells generated by Humberto will increase along the coast of Bermuda by tomorrow, and dangerous breaking waves, especially along south-facing beaches, will be possible tomorrow night into Thursday, and could cause coastal flooding.