Hurricane Humberto has continued to grow both larger and stronger as it tracks towards Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean. As of the NHC’s latest update at 11am EDT (4pm BST) Humberto was packing maximum sustained winds of 100mph with higher gusts and was tracking east-northeastward at a rate of 8mph. With these wind speeds, Humberto is a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson wind scale.
Humberto was located approximately 525 miles west of Bermuda, and now a newly formed tropical depression has formed elsewhere in the Atlantic.
Tropical Depression 10 formed on Tuesday over the central tropical Atlantic, and as of the latest advisory at 11am EDT (4pm BST) was located approximately 1165 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands.
The weather system has maximum sustained wind speeds of 35mph and is moving west-northwestward at a speed of 12mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), tropical depression 10 is forecast to grow in strength over the next 24 hours and is predicted to become a tropical storm later on Tuesday.
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A tropical storm is a weather system with winds ranging from 39mph to 73mph.
Further strengthening is also forecast, with tropical depression 10 likely to become a hurricane by the time is tracks to the northern Leeward Islands.
A west-northwestward motion at a somewhat faster forward speed is expected over the next few days.
On its current forecast track, the system will approach the northern Leeward Islands Thursday night or Friday.
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There are currently no warnings in effect for this system, however, interests in the Northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system according to the NHC.
Now a third weather system has formed just 15 miles south-southwest of Freeport Texas, and 55 miles southwest of Galveston Texas.
This system has winds of 35mph, and has triggered a tropical storm warning from Sargent to Port Bolivar.
The depression is expected to produce total rainfall accumulation of 5 to 10 inches with an isolated maximum of 15 inches across the upper coastal region of Texas into far southwest Louisiana through Thursday.
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This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods.
Closer to land, Hurricane Humberto is continuing to attract attention, with hurricane warnings and watches in effect.
A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning are in effect for Bermuda.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area, in this case within 24 to 36 hours.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said: “Interests in Bermuda should prepare for a close encounter with a major hurricane.
“Even if Humberto only delivers a glancing blow to the islands, an uptick in showers, thunderstorms and winds are likely from Wednesday into Thursday.
“How severe conditions become and the potential for coastal flooding and battering waves will depend on the exact track and strength of Humberto.”