Hurricane Humberto path: Florida to be hit huge swells – What time will it hit US coast? | World | News

Hurricane Humberto path: Florida to be hit huge swells – What time will it hit US coast? | World | News





Hurricane Humberto is the third hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, having intensified into a hurricane in the early hours of this morning. The National Hurricane Center first began monitoring what would become Humberto on September 8 as the disturbance moved westwards, however, it rapidly organised over the southeastern Bahamas and posed an imminent threat. Now the storm is producing large swells which are affecting much of the southeastern USA coastline. But what time will the hurricane hit?

According to the last update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issued at 5am EDT (10am BST), at that time, Hurricane Humberto was located near latitude 29.7 north, longitude 77.3 west, approximately 760 miles west of Bermuda.

Humberto had recorded maximum sustained wind speeds of 85mph and was moving northeastwards at 5mph.

The NOAA advisory reads: “A turn toward the east-northeast is expected later today.

“An east-northeastward motion with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected tonight through early Thursday.

“On the forecast track, the centre of Humberto is forecast to approach Bermuda late Wednesday or Wednesday night.

“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85mph (140kmh) with higher gusts.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240km).”

But it is not only the eye of the hurricane which will unleash dangers on the US coast, particularly Florida – the heavy rainfall and huge swells also pose a threat.

The outer rain bands associated with Humberto are expected to produce an additional one to two inches of rainfall in the northwest Bahamas, with isolated storm total amounts of six inches, with the heaviest rain period expected in Bermuda from late Wednesday through Thursday.

Swells generated by Humberto will affect the northwestern Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the United States from east-central Florida to North Carolina during the next few days.

These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Rip currents are narrow channels of water that move away from shore at high speed, posing a drowning threat to swimmers.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts the storm will reach 132mph (115kts) late on Tuesday through Thursday, which would equate to a Category 4 hurricane.

The NOAA said it expects 10 to 17 named storms this hurricane season, with winds of 39mph or higher, of which five to nine could strengthen into hurricanes.

Of those storms, there will be two to four major hurricanes, which are classified as a Category 3, 4, and 5 with winds of 111mph or higher.

So far the worst hurricane of the season has been Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the northern Bahamian islands of Great Bahama and Abaco when it remained stationary on the island for more than 24 hours.

Dorian levelled entire neighborhoods in the Bahamas, with 70,000 people left homeless, around 1,300 people remain missing, and at least 50 people lost their lives.






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