Published: Tue, September 17, 2019

Bermuda on alert as Tropical Storm Humberto sets strengthen

Bermuda on alert as Tropical Storm Humberto sets strengthen

In its 11 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center clocked the storm with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, just above the 74 miles per hour speed for hurricane status.

Swells will also impact the northwestern Bahamas and southeastern coast of the United States from east-central Florida up to North Carolina in the coming days, creating risky rip currents.

It is forecast to continue at this speed throughout Monday morning.

NHC forecasters said that strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Humberto could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night, September 17.

Meanwhile, two more tropical waves are being tracked by the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is forecast to strengthen even more in the next couple of days.

The rainfall is expected to hit Bermuda late on Wednesday or early Thursday.

A storm system the National Hurricane Center said in its 5:00 a.m. advisory has an 80 percent chance of development within five days and 50 percent within 48 hours, is now projected to track north of the Caribbean islands. "Humberto will remain well to the east of Florida today, and actually begin an east-northeasterly motion later today or tonight, taking it toward the open Atlantic Ocean and Bermuda". The storm will generate swells that will affect the northwestern Bahamas and the U.S. coast from east-central Florida to North Carolina during the next few days.

Its swells could still affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming days.

There are two other areas (besides Humberto) being watched for development.

Humberto on Saturday dumped more rain on the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian destroyed parts of the country. The center warned that the "swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

And showers and thunderstorms have increased in association with an area of low pressure over the central tropical Atlantic.

According to CNN, hundreds are still missing in the aftermath of the hurricane with the death toll at 50, but expected to rise. While this can slowly develop into a tropical depression through the course of the week, it is expected to pass to the north of the Lesser Antilles this weekend.

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