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Tropical Storm Humberto Will Bring Heavy Rains and Winds to the Bahamas this Weekend


Humberto strengthened to tropical storm status late last night. The storm continues to increase speed, currently moving 7 miles per hour in a northwest direction. Humberto will continue to travel northwest today and Sunday before making a sharp northward turn. Guidance from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows this storm passing directly over or near the northern Bahamas. Humberto is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the islands only weeks after they were devastated by Hurricane Dorian. After moving past the Bahamas, the storm will track well offshore of the east coast of Florida. The storm has wind speeds of approximately 40 miles per hour. Humberto is expected to upgrade to a hurricane on Sunday as it moves through the warm open waters of the Gulf Stream, there is the potential for hurricane impacts to Bermuda on Thursday. 

New guidance shifts the storms track more to the east after passing the Bahamas, traveling across the Atlantic Ocean, with the probability of severe impacts to Florida far lessened. However, the path that Humberto will take remains uncertain as it develops over the next few days. Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to bring tropical force winds and  heavy rainfall to the Bahamas. The Bahamas could receive as much as 6 inches of rain by Sunday. Florida and Georgia can expect to receive 1 – 2 inches of rain in isolated areas. Residents of the Bahamas and southeast coast are encouraged to continue to heed the warnings of local authorities.

South Florida Water Management District Global Model OutputSource: SFWMD.gov

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides guidance to individuals preparing for, experiencing, or affected by hurricanes. Individuals should be prepared and not scared by planning in advance for extreme weather conditions. The Hagerty Blog Team will continue providing information and updates.

FEMA Guidance on Building an Emergency KitSource: Ready.gov

Public Advisories

Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s NHC in decreasing order of severity:

Tropical Storm Warning:

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island

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