Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Bermuda to face lashing from Hurricane Humberto

Bermuda to face lashing from Hurricane Humberto

Hurricane Humberto is gaining strength as it moves towards Bermuda. They expect Humberto's center to pass just to the northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday night. In the Atlantic, Bermuda is under a hurricane warning as Hurricane Humberto nears the island as a Category 3 storm.

A weakening trend is expected to begin later on Thursday.

But Humberto is a large hurricane, and the island is expected to be buffeted with high winds and heavy rain as it passes.

Humberto is now a Category 2 hurricane, with top sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

The storm was centred about 655 kilometres west-southwest of Bermuda and moving to the east-northeast at 19kmh.

Hurricane Humberto is well off the coast, but continues to send rough surf and unsafe rip currents to the Carolinas.

The agency warned that Humberto is a large hurricane with hurricane-force winds up to 105 miles from its center.

Forecasters said Lorena was expected to brush or hit land by early Thursday somewhere between the port of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta while growing toward hurricane force.

"That system is bringing lots of rain and flooding to the Houston region", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

In Bermuda, National Security Minister Wayne Caines told reporters that schools, government offices and ferries on the island would close at noon Wednesday and bus service would end at 4 p.m.as officials got ready for Humberto. The storm should remain on an east-northeast path out to sea and degenerate into a non-tropical low over the weekend, with rip currents on the East Coast the only real concern for the U.S.

This afternoon, Tropical Storm Imelda formed just off the Texas coast and made landfall just minutes later.

Flash flood watches are in effect further inland, including the City of Houston, where rainfall amounts are expected to top 400 mm for some through Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds were 75 miles per hour (120 kph) Wednesday night.

The rush of activity comes as the Atlantic hurricane season reaches it statistical peak in the weeks surrounding September 10, a period when weather conditions favor storms forming quickly.

Parts of Texas and Louisiana are under flash flood warnings from Tropical Depression Imelda.

The American-based National Hurricane Centre said this evening: “Hurricane conditions are occurring on Bermuda and should continue for a few more hours.

The first system is a tropical wave located about 850 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands that is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers (marked with a yellow "1").

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