Published: Tue, September 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Category 2 storm may strengthen more as it tracks near Bermuda

Category 2 storm may strengthen more as it tracks near Bermuda

Hurricane Humberto strengthened to a Category 2 storm on Tuesday, forecasters said, as it maintains a northeastern heading off the coast of the Eastern Seaboard.

The hurricane center said at 11am EDT that the centre of the storm is about 1145 kilometers west of Bermuda and is moving east-northeast at 11km/h, with maximum sustain winds of 140km/h.

"Additional strengthening is forecast through Wednesday, and Humberto is expected to become a hurricane by tonight", the NHC said in its latest advisory on Sunday.

Swells generated by Humberto are also forecast to affect the northwestern Bahamas during the next few days.

At 11 a.m., Humberto was located about 710 west of the small Caribbean island and moving towards the east northeast at 7 miles per hour, with that motion expected to continue with a gradual increase in forward speed right through to Thursday.

Hurricane Humberto is expected to strengthen as the storm's center approaches Bermuda, bringing rain and wind to the island. Such swells could pose life-threatening surf and rip current conditions to swimmers and surfers.

The northwestern Bahamas is also expected to be affected by Humberto's swells.

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Humberto, a Category 2 hurricane, is no longer considered a threat to the U.S. But Florida is still feeling its effects this week.

Bermuda's building codes require dwellings to withstand sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of a high-end Category 2 hurricane.

This practice of declaring areas of disturbed weather as potential tropical cyclones started during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

However, according to the NHC, "Interests in and around Bermuda should monitor the progress of Humberto".

Over the next five days, there is a 90 percent chance of formation, the agency noted.

According to AccuWeather, Bermuda's building codes require dwellings to withstand sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of a high-end Category 2 hurricane.

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