Updated Sep 18, 2019

Humberto strengthens to a Category 3 hurricane on path to Bermuda

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Hurricane Humberto was packing sustained winds of 115 mph as the Category 3 storm 330 miles west of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday.

The latest: While Humberto is set to bring strong winds to the British island territory, forecasters expect the hurricane's center to pass just to the northwest of Bermuda Wednesday night.

What's next: Tropical storm conditions are anticipated over Bermuda by midday Wednesday, and hurricane conditions are possible between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

  • Humberto is likely to bring 2–4 inches of rain, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches.
  • "Swells will continue to affect the northwestern Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the United States from east-central Florida to North Carolina during the next couple of days," per the NHC.

The big picture: Humberto strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it moved east into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday night.

  • The NHC issued a hurricane warning for Bermuda after Humberto strengthened Tuesday evening into a Category 3 storm — classifying it as a major hurricane.

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Hurricane Humberto cuts power to 80% of Bermuda

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Bermuda was spared the brunt of Hurricane Humberto, but the Royal Gazette reports that the Category 3 storm's 125 mph winds cut power to almost 20,000 British island territory residents — about 80% of the population.

Details: Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service reported 17 minor incidents including gas leaks and transformer fires and 9 medical incidents, the government tweeted. By 2am, Humberto was 195 miles north-northeast of Bermuda, but its winds were still plaguing coastal areas, per the National Hurricane Center.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Sep 19, 2019

What we know: Hurricane Lorenzo churning at Category 4 levels in Atlantic Ocean

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Hurricane Lorenzo is churning at Category 4 levels on Sunday after falling from Category 5 status Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The big picture: The storm is the latest in an already destructive hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean. When Lorenzo reached Category 5 levels Saturday night, NHC said it had evolved into "one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes of record for the tropical central Atlantic." The storm this week is projected to pass over or near the Azores, a small group of islands and autonomous region of Portugal.

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The Atlantic Basin's tropical storms and hurricanes in 2019

A pile of debris near the remains of a home destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Florida. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Hurricane Dorian became the first major hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season when it made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane on Sept. 1 in the Bahamas. At least 43 people in the Bahamas were killed with many others left missing. This season has, so far, seen four named hurricanes.

The big picture: NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a "near normal" season this year. It's also predicting a range of 9 to 15 named storms — 4 to 8 of which could become hurricanes.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Sep 23, 2019