Category Three Hurricane Humberto Leaves 80% of Bermuda Without Power

The Category 3 Hurricane Humberto’s winds of 205 KM/H and gusts to 250 KM/H left 80% of the island — more than 27,000 people — without power, a utility company on the island said.

As of 5:00 AM Thursday AST, the National Hurricane Center continues to issue advisories on the system, 400 kilometers northeast of Bermuda.

The center of Hurricane Humberto was located near latitude 35.2 North, longitude 62.2 West. Humberto is moving toward the northeast near 35 KM/H. This general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a north-northeastward motion at a slower forward speed Thursday night and Friday. A turn toward the east-northeast is expected Friday night and Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Humberto will continue to move away from Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds are near 205 KM/H with higher gusts. Humberto is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The hurricane should start to weaken today, and it is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 150 kilometers from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 650 kilometers. The estimated minimum central pressure is 952 millibars.

Hurricane Humberto's Forecast Cone as of 5:00 AM Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Humberto’s Forecast Cone as of 5:00 AM Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Hurricane Center

Watches & Warnings

Hurricane Humberto's Watches and Warnings as of 5:00 AM Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Humberto’s Watches and Warnings as of 5:00 AM Thursday 19th September 2019. Credit: National Hurricane Center

There are no watches or warnings in effect resulting from Hurricane Humberto

Hurricane Humberto’s Impact & Additional Hazards

Hurricane Humberto North and East of Bermuda. Credit: Weathernerds
Hurricane Humberto North and East of Bermuda. Credit: Weathernerds

Somerset Police Station lost part of its roof — although all officers were said to be safe — in the storm that has lashed the island with hurricane-force winds for several hours.

The CedarBridge Academy shelter suffered damaged windows but none of the 46 members of the public or 30 support staff were injured.

Part of the roof blew off at Island Glass, on Serpentine Road, at least eight homes were reported damaged in the West End and the Government warned people to stay off the roads in the morning because of downed trees and power lines.

At Humberto’s peak point of impact at about 8.30 pm, wind speeds of more than 81mph and gusts of more than 114mph were recorded at LF Wade International Airport. The storm’s closest point to the island came at 9 pm when it was about 75 miles away.

The Causeway will remain closed until further notice while it is examined for structural damage. Public schools and Government offices will be closed today.

Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, said at 7.45 am: “We have come through a really, really challenging night.

“There were no fatalities. Our country is resilient. Today, we are going to get through this.”

Mr. Caines urged people to stay off the roads until they have been cleared, but encouraged them to help clean up their neighborhoods and “look out for the seniors and most vulnerable”.

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service received 45 calls by midnight, including three minor structural fires, nine medical incidents, 17 minor incidents such as gas leaks and transformer fires and 16 automatic fire alarms.

Emergency incidents included a reported propane gas leak at Caesar’s Pharmacy on Main Road, Somerset, and a car getting stuck in the area of Stokes Point Road, St George’s.

Harbour Radio reported a boat in distress but said the single occupant on-board was found safe, on land and uninjured.

Large swells and dangerous surf generated by Humberto will continue along the coast of Bermuda through today, and these could continue to cause coastal flooding.

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.

These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office and the Bermuda Weather Service.

Storm surge along the coast of Bermuda should subside today.


This hurricane is of no threat to the Windward Islands, including Trinidad and Tobago.

Hurricane Humberto Discussion

Flight-level and surface wind observations reported by Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft exiting Humberto a couple of hours ago indicated that the maximum sustained winds have increased to 110 kt. However, weakening is expected to commence soon.

Humberto’s extratropical transition continues as a high amplitude PV tongue, noted in the GOES-16 water vapor imagery, and associated dry air, digs into the backside of the cyclone. The large-scale models, as well as the FSU Cyclone Phase Evolution forecast, indicate that the process will be completed in less than 36 hours. Afterward, gradual weakening is expected until the extratropical low is absorbed by another larger low-pressure system, moving out of Atlantic Canada, by the end of the forecast period. The NHC intensity forecast is basically an update of the previous forecast and is based on a blend of the global models beyond the 36 hour period.

The initial motion is estimated to be northeastward, or 045/19 kt. Humberto is forecast to turn north-northeastward as the cyclone completes its extratropical transition, followed by a turn back toward the east-northeast within the strong deep-layer mid-latitude westerlies. The NHC forecast is nudged a little to the left of the previous advisory between the 36 and 72 hour periods and is close to the NOAA HFIP HCCA consensus model.

Key Messages:

  1. Storm surge and dangerous breaking waves, while diminishing, could cause coastal flooding today along the coast of Bermuda.
  2. 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, creating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Forecast Discussion by Forecaster Roberts from the NHC.

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