Bermuda gets ready for pass by Category 3 Hurricane Humberto

Friday, 20 Sep, 2019

Some parts of east Texas could see a total of 18 inches of rain including the Houston and Galveston areas before the storm weakens and moves into the eastern Plains, forecasters said.

Though Florida is not in any projected paths at the moment, the depression is forecast to remain north of the islands, with no longer range models showing a turn to avoid the US coastline.

Jerry is forecast to track north of Puerto Rico and stay well away from the Bahamas and the United States.

Beachgoers on the southeastern US coast should be wary of potentially unsafe rip currents caused by Hurricane Humberto, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds of at least 74 mph extend 60 miles from Humberto's core, with tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or stronger reaching 175 miles from the storm's center, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said.

The last time Bermuda suffered a hurricane landfall was in 2014, with category 1 Hurricane Fay, and category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo less than a week later.

As of 10 a.m. CDT Hurricane Jerry was located about 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands and was moving west-northwest at 16 mph. It is forecast to soon become a hurricane as it moves to the west-northwest over the warm waters of the Atlantic.

Hurricane Name Bermuda September 20 2019 NHC
Bermuda gets ready for pass by Category 3 Hurricane Humberto

The Category 3 storm's 120 miles per hour winds left 80% of the island - more than 27,000 people - without power, a utility company on the island said.

The National Hurricane Center said the system could become Tropical Storm Imelda later Tuesday.

Forecasters said in a Tuesday advisory that Imelda is near Freeport, Texas, and moving north at 7 miles per hour (11 kph).

Bermuda is likely to be hit with 2 to 4 inches of rain, possible coastal flooding and "dangerous breaking waves, especially along south-facing beaches", the advisory said.

Hurricane Humberto lashed Bermuda with strong winds Wednesday night as the powerful Category 3 storm passed just to the north of the British Atlantic territory, while another growing storm threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific coast.

"This general motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected through early Thursday, followed by a northeastward to north-northeastward motion through Friday".

In Texas, the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda drenched parts of Southeast Texas, but officials in the Houston region said that so far there had been no severe problems. Tropical Storm Mario is not far behind though there are questions as to how Lorena's growth could impact it.