Bermuda to get hit by Hurricane Humberto


Bermuda's Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) has said it has begun to monitor the track of Humberto.

The storm's center is expected to approach the island Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. Tuesday advisory.

Humberto is expected to continue moving east-northeast through Thursday, with a gradual increase in forward speed. Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm, packing 65 mph winds with higher gusts, was moving north at seven miles per hour, but is expected to make a sharp turn to the northeast on Monday.

Humberto, a Category 2 hurricane, is no longer considered a threat to the US, but Florida is still feeling its effects this week.

There is a high risk for rip currents along all of our beaches Tuesday. Large swells generated by Humberto will effect the Bahamas, as well as the Southeast U.S., from east-central Florida to North Carolina for the next couple of days.

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There also is no longer a tropical storm warning for the northwestern Bahamas, but the storm is expected to bring 1-3 inches with pockets of 6-inch rain to parts of the island nation, although not much storm surge threat is projected. This means tropical storm conditions, (winds of 39 mph and above) are possible within 48 hours.

"It is still too early to give a good estimate as to how close the core of the hurricane will come to Bermuda", the NHC said. Such swells could pose life-threatening surf and rip current conditions to swimmers and surfers.

Over the next five days, there is a 90 percent chance of formation, the agency noted.

Humberto is the eighth named storm and third hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

Humberto strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday evening as it makes its way east across the Atlantic Ocean, according to CNN.