Humberto Is Headed Away from the U.S., Toward Bermuda

Humberto could be a major hurricane by Tuesday night, which would mean it would be a hurricane packing winds of at least 111 mph, strong enough to rip roofs off houses and leave widespread devastation.

by Brett Clarkson, Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / September 16, 2019
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(TNS) — Bermuda is expected to be under a tropical storm watch on Monday afternoon as Hurricane Humberto pulls away from the U.S. while strengthening over the open ocean, the National Hurricane Center said in the 11 a.m. Monday advisory.

Humberto could potentially be a major hurricane by Tuesday night, which would mean it would be a hurricane packing winds of at least 111 mph, strong enough to rip roofs off houses and leave widespread devastation. The storm’s core is expected to approach Bermuda on Wednesday night.

But as has been the case in recent weeks, as one storm ages, another one or more seem to roll off the assembly line. One such disturbance midway between Africa and the Americas has been given a 90% chance of becoming at least a tropical depression over the next five days. If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Imelda.

It’s still very early, but the most recent forecast from the hurricane center was projecting that the disturbance would move to the northwest toward the outer northeastern corner of the Caribbean region.

It’s too early to know where the potential future Imelda might go or whether atmospheric conditions would steer it toward the U.S. or any of the Caribbean islands or keep it offshore.

Meanwhile in the Gulf of Mexico, another tropical disturbance has been given a low chance of formation, just 10% over the next five days. Regardless of what happens the disturbance is expected to bring heavy rain to parts of the Texas Gulf coast this week.

For the U.S. on Monday and over the next few days, Hurricane Humberto is bringing large waves to beaches from Central Florida to North Carolina. Swimmers and surfers should be aware that life-threatening rip currents are a very real possibility, as are life-threatening surf conditions.

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