Bermuda braces for approach of Hurricane Humberto
MIAMI (AP) — Officials in Bermuda said Tuesday that schools, public transportation and government offices on the British Atlantic territory will close early ahead of the likely arrival of Hurricane Humberto as a Category 2 storm.
National Security Minister Wayne Caines told reporters that schools, government offices and ferries on the island would close at noon Wednesday and bus service would end at 4 p.m.
Officials said tropical storm-force winds were expected to start hitting Bermuda, with hurricane-force gusts, starting about 3 p.m. Wednesday and lasting until about 4 a.m. Thursday. A small shift in track could bring the storm itself over the island.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Humberto’s maximum sustained winds were about 105 mph (165 kph) late Tuesday afternoon and it was predicted to strengthen, bringing it close to major hurricane force by Wednesday morning. The storm was centered about 450 miles (725 kilometers) west of Bermuda and moving to the east-northeast at 12 mph (19 kph).
Bermuda was expected to see rainfall of up to 4 inches (10 centimeters), with large swells along the coast.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lorena formed off Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and forecasters predicted heavy rains and flooding by Thursday, likely without it reaching hurricane force.
Lorena had top winds of 50 mph (85 kph) Tuesday afternoon and was centered about 215 miles (345 kilometers) south-southeast of the resort town of Zihuatanejo and was moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).
A tropical storm warning was in effect for the coast between Zihuatanejo and Cabo Corrientes.
Two other tropical storms, Kiko and Mario, were farther out in the Pacific and posed no threat to land.
Tropical Depression Ten also formed far out in the Atlantic and could become a hurricane Friday as it nears the outermost Caribbean islands.