Hurricane Humberto targets Bermuda

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Humberto is expected to pass directly over Bermuda today.

Humberto is expected to pass directly over Bermuda today.

The National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. that outer rain bands and winds from Hurricane Humberto have started to affect Bermuda. The storm is about 240 miles west of the island nation, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and moving East-Northeast at 16 mph.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Bermuda. The center said that Humberto, now a Category 3, has increased its forward speed. The core is expected to pass just to the northwest of Bermuda later tonight. Humberto is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through tomorrow morning, with hurricane-force winds extending outward about 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds reaching 175 miles. Hurricane conditions are expected on Bermuda with strong winds, rainfall amounts reaching 6 inches and large swells.

For the coastal U.S., NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is forecasting “very heavy rainfall” from Tropical Depression Imelda for eastern Texas and southwest Louisiana. Hourly rainfall totals could reach 3 inches, which could cause flash flooding with a total of more than 9 inches.

Also this morning, Tropical Storm Jerry became the tenth named storm of the 2019 season. The National Hurricane Center said the storm has become better organized and that it will strengthen and become a hurricane when it moves near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday.

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