Hurricane Humberto Raked Bermuda With Wind and Rain After Brushing the Bahamas

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Published: September 19, 2019

Hurricane Humberto, a Category 3 hurricane, raked Bermuda with strong winds, heavy rain and battering surf. While remaining well off the U.S. East Coast, Humberto generated high surf and rip currents affecting some beaches.

Humberto's center is now more than 250 miles northeast of Bermuda, and is accelerating to the northeast.


Current Storm Status

Hurricane-force winds ripped through parts of Bermuda on Wednesday, especially at higher elevations, as Humberto passed by to the northwest. Sustained winds of 82 mph and a wind gust to 115 mph were reported Wednesday evening at Wade International Airport. On Wednesday morning, the center of Humberto moved close to NOAA buoy 41048, which measured a peak wind gust to 94 mph.

An automated weather station at Pearl Island reported sustained winds of 100 mph and a wind gust of 123 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Up to 3 inches of rain has already been reported across portions of the archipelago.

Large swells generated by the hurricane will continue to hit the coast of Bermuda into early Thursday. Dangerous breaking waves, especially along southward-facing beaches, are possible into Thursday and could cause coastal flooding.

Wave heights exceeding 30 feet were reported by an offshore NOAA buoy.


Projected Path

Humberto will also continue to bring high surf and dangerous rip currents to the southeastern U.S. coast the next couple of days. Beachgoers from the east coast of Florida to North Carolina should stay out of the water.

High surf and rip currents are also expected along the rest of the East Coast as far north as southeastern New England and may linger into the weekend. Keep this in mind if you have beach plans the last weekend of summer.

High surf and coastal flooding generated from Humberto apparently prompted the closure of the Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera Island in the northern Bahamas Wednesday afternoon.

Humberto's center is expected to remain well south of the Canadian Maritimes, thus avoiding a repeat of the blasting they received from Dorian over a week ago.


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