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WorldHurricane Humberto: Storm's swipe at Bermuda leaves 80% of island without power

09:45  19 september  2019
09:45  19 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Hurricane Humberto ' s core has passed its closest point of approach to Bermuda , but its strong hurricane -force winds will continue whipping the island well into Thursday morning.

The storm ’ s strong winds extended 80 miles outward from its center as it churned about 75 miles north of Bermuda . Southern coastal parts of the island are under flood threat through Thursday from the storm surge and dangerous breaking waves,” the hurricane center said. A buoy measured a wave of

Hurricane Humberto's core has passed its closest point of approach to Bermuda, but its strong hurricane-force winds will continue whipping the island well into Thursday morning.

Hurricane Humberto: Storm's swipe at Bermuda leaves 80% of island without power© Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.

More than 27,900 customers -- 80% of the territory -- were left in the dark in the wake of the storm, a representative of the power utility company Belco told CNN.

The company was in an "emergency state" as rain and strong winds continued to lash the island, the company's website said.

Late Wednesday night, the Category 3 storm was packing sustained winds of 120 mph. The storm's strong winds extended 80 miles outward from its center as it churned about 75 miles north of Bermuda.

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hurricane conditions raking the island of bermuda Humberto is a expected to remain a large hurricane . Hurricane -force winds extend outward up to 80 Schools closed across tiny Bermuda as residents braced for Hurricane Humberto , a Category 3 storm forecast to hit the island with a

video Hurricane Humberto ' s core has passed its closest point of approach to Bermuda , but its strong hurricane -force winds will continue whipping the island well into Thursday morning. More than 27,900 customers -- 80 % of the territory -- were left in the dark in the wake of the storm

Hurricane Humberto: Storm's swipe at Bermuda leaves 80% of island without power© Provided by Cable News Network, Inc. Peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic

Southern coastal parts of the island are under flood threat through Thursday from the storm surge and dangerous breaking waves," the hurricane center said.

A buoy measured a wave of more than 30 feet Wednesday, it said.

Heavy rainfall Thursday

Humberto could dump up to 6 inches of rain by Thursday in some spots, forecasters said.

Large swells will also continue to increase into tomorrow, the hurricane center said.

"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," the center said.

The swells could cause life-threatening and rip current conditions, it said.

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Bermuda is still feeling the winds left behind as Hurricane Humberto moves further into the Atlantic. According to CNN, the Category 3 storm ' s 120 mph winds left 80 % of the island without power . The storm is expected to weaken Thursday and become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday.

The Category 3 storm ' s 120 mph winds left 80 % of the island -- more than 27,000 people -- without power , a utility company on the island said. After the hurricane ' s swipe at the island , the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service reported 17 minor incidents including gas leaks, nine medical incidents and

Bermuda Premier David Burt said Wednesday he had been advised conditions would begin to improve as the hurricane moved further away.

It's one of three storms

Humberto is one of three storms drawing attention in the Atlantic basin. Imelda, a tropical depression, has rescue teams on alert as it threatens to dump the most rain since Hurricane Harvey on eastern Texas. And Tropical Storm Jerry, still far east of the Leeward Islands, could strengthen into a hurricane by week's end.

The rush of activity comes as the Atlantic hurricane season reaches it statistical peak in the weeks surrounding September 10, a period when weather conditions favor storms forming quickly.


Hurricane Humberto: Storm's swipe at Bermuda leaves 80% of island without power© NOAA

Hurricanes don't often approach Bermuda

Humberto i s the second major Atlantic hurricane. The Atlantic Ocean paradise rarely sees a storm this big and powerful.

Only 21 hurricanes have passed within 100 miles of Bermuda over the past century, with Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014 the last to make landfall there.

"They go by, but it's such a small target," CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett said. "So, they don't usually make landfall."

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