Published: Tue, September 17, 2019

Humberto gaining strength; tropical disturbance may become Imelda

Humberto gaining strength; tropical disturbance may become Imelda

Forecasters said Bermuda could experience tropical storm force winds and heavy rain by late Wednesday, with 1-3 inches of rain possible.

Those waves are also still reaching the southeast coast of the USA and will continue from the central Florida peninsula northward to North Carolina for the next few days, raising the risk of deadly rip currents.

The National Hurricane Center forecasted that the storm's center would approach Bermuda on Wednesday night.

After gaining hurricane strength late Sunday, Humberto dropped another 2 inches of rain on the storm-ravaged northwestern Bahamas as it churned away from the USA coast, the NHC said. The storm is located about 760 miles west of the island of Bermuda and has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph with higher gusts. Large swells generated by Humberto are expected to increase along Bermuda's coast by Wednesday.

After passing by Bermuda, the storm was expected to weaken to a Category 2 hurricane with 105 miles-per-hour wind speeds on Thursday. It could eventually become Tropical Storm Imelda.

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

Despite its isolated position in the Atlantic, direct hits from hurricanes are relatively rare in Bermuda, with prevailing tracks generally curving closer to the Eastern Seaboard.

The wind speed forecast, according to the NHC.

The Bermuda Royal Gazette yesterday reported the island's minister for national security, Wayne Caines, saying the government was monitoring the situation and no decision had been made yet on which services might be halted. It is not predicted to make landfall in the U.S.

The system has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next 48 hours, and a 90% chance of doing so over the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said.

According to AccuWeather, Bermuda's building codes require dwellings to withstand sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of a high-end Category 2 hurricane.

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