Humberto Strengthens Into Category 1 Hurricane

Clay Curtis
September 17, 2019

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday (local time) that Humberto could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night, bringing with it the likelihood of tropical-storm-force winds to Bermuda on Wednesday, with heavy rain beginning Thursday.

However, the National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm could create risky rip-currents from central-east Florida up the coast through North Carolina this week.

After gaining hurricane strength late on Sunday, Humberto dropped another 5cm of rain on the storm-ravaged north-western Bahamas as it churned away from the U.S. coast, the NHC said. On 17 September at 3.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 990 km west-southwest of the Bermuda Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 148 km/h (Category 1 hurricane).

The northwestern Bahamas is also expected to be affected by Humberto's swells.

If that system does form into a tropical storm, it would be named Imelda and would be the ninth named storm of the increasingly active Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Humberto could pass by Bermuda as a major hurricane and the National Hurricane Center cautioned against focusing on the exact track because a slight deviation could bring the center over the island. The NHC gives this disturbance an 80 per cent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 5 days.

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Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance in the central Atlantic is expected to strengthen into a tropical depression or a tropical storm during the next few days.

The wind speed forecast, according to the NHC. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda. Forecasters also said the U.S. Air Force "Hurricane Hunters" determined the storm had grown in size and speed.

"These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the NHC said.

This system has a 60 percent chance of turning into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, and a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or a tropical storm by Friday.

"Interests in Bermuda should prepare for a close encounter with a hurricane that could evolve into a Category 3 before approaching nearby waters", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

As of 12 PM Sunday, the storm, which is due to reach hurricane strength later in the day, is expected to be around 230 miles west of Bermuda by midday on Wednesday as a Category 2 Hurricane.

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