Strengthening Expected As Storm's Center Approaches Bermuda

Hurricane force winds are expected to reach Bermuda this evening, as a larger and stronger Humberto moves closer to the island.

Security Minister Wayne Caines said schools and government offices would remain closed Thursday and asked people to stay off roads while emergency crews clear them and remove power lines damaged by the hurricane, which had winds of about 120 miles per hour at its nearest approach to the British Atlantic island.

However, forecasters say it's still too early to give a good estimate as to how close the core of the hurricane will come to Bermuda.

"I take this opportunity to remind the public that Bermuda is in the midst of hurricane season". After that, a steady trend of weakening will begin starting on Thursday.

But Humberto won't be a hurricane much longer. Additional intensification is forecast, and the weather system is expected to become a tropical storm Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Tropical storm force winds extend out 45 miles from the center of the storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

Bermuda is likely to be hit with 2 to 4 inches of rain, possible coastal flooding and "dangerous breaking waves, especially along south-facing beaches", the advisory said.

As Humberto was gathering strength, the remnants of tropical depression Imelda moved inland across the Gulf coast of Texas and southeastern Louisiana, bringing warnings of flash floods and heavy rains.

Strengthening Expected As Storm's Center Approaches Bermuda
Strengthening Expected As Storm's Center Approaches Bermuda

Forecasters said Lorena was expected to pass "near or over the coast" somewhere between the port of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday night and Thursday, while growing toward hurricane force.

Forecasters said the storm could bring 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25 centimeters) of rain to parts of the region and Mexican officials voiced concern that some parts of southern Mexico, which have seen a lack of rainfall, could suffer unsafe flash floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rain.

Tropical Depression Ten formed in the Atlantic Tuesday morning, and could become a hurricane Friday as it nears the outermost Caribbean islands.

Two other tropical storms, Kiko and Mario, were farther out in the Pacific and posed no threat to land.

This afternoon, Tropical Storm Imelda formed just off the Texas coast and made landfall just minutes later.

Data from the Hurricane Hunters aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 miles per hour (160 kph) with higher gusts.

During a Category 1 hurricane, impacted areas should expect damage to the roofs of well-constructed homes, power outages and snapped tree limbs.

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