The latest forecast states Hurricane Humberto is set to “become a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning”. With maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph already, Humberto is expected to strengthen further in the next 48 hours. To be classed as a Category 3 hurricane, Humberto must reach maximum sustained wind speeds of 111mph.
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The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch with this advisory for Bermuda.
Currently, Hurricane Humberto is expected to approach Bermuda on Wednesday night.
In the 5pm (EDT) public advisory today, the NHC said: “At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of the eye of Hurricane Humberto was located by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 30.2 North, longitude 75.9 West.
“Humberto is moving toward the east-northeast near 7 mph (11km/h).Hurricane Humberto NOAA 5pm advisory: Satellite infrared image of Hurricane Humberto
“This general motion with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected through early Thursday.
“On the forecast track, the centre of Humberto is expected to approach Bermuda Wednesday night.”
Currently the NHC is predicting Humberto will spark a number of hazards affecting land.
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This includes rainfall, with the NHC predicting “periods of heavy rain to Bermuda” beginning late on Tuesday.
Large swells along the coast of Bermuda will also be generated by Tuesday night.
Swells are also expected to affect the northwestern Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the United states - from east-central Florida to North Carolina - over the next few days.
The NHC warns these swells “could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions”.
People are recommended to consult products from their local weather office and the Bermuda Weather Service.
The next NHC intermediate public advisory on Hurricane Humberto is expected at 8pm (EDT).