At a Glance
- Humberto brought hurricane-force winds and heavy rain to Bermuda.
- Humberto was a Category 3 hurricane when it passed by Bermuda on Sept. 18.
- Humberto became a tropical storm near the Dorian-sieged northwestern Bahamas.
Hurricane Humberto raked Bermuda with strong winds, heavy rain and battering surf as a Category 3 hurricane on Sept. 18, 2019. While remaining well off the East Coast of the United States, Humberto generated high surf and rip currents that affected some beaches along the Eastern Seaboard.
The tropical disturbance that eventually developed into Humberto was dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine on Sept. 12 near the southeastern Bahamas. The following day, it became Tropical Storm Humberto at 11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 13.
Humberto tracked just north of the northwestern Bahamas as a tropical storm on Sept. 14, then strengthened into a hurricane when it was well off the east coast of Florida on Sept. 15.
Hurricane Humberto continued to intensify as it tracked northeastward over the western Atlantic Ocean over the next few days. On Sept. 18, the Category 3 hurricane passed within 75 miles of Bermuda.
Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) ripped through parts of Bermuda on Sept. 18, especially at higher elevations, as Humberto passed by to the north and northwest. Sustained winds of 82 mph and a wind gust to 115 mph were reported that evening at Wade International Airport. On the morning of Sept. 18, the center of Humberto moved close to NOAA buoy 41048, which measured a peak wind gust to 94 mph.
An automated weather station at Pearl Island reported sustained winds of 100 mph and a wind gust of 123 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
More than 3 inches of rain was reported across portions of the archipelago. Wave heights exceeding 30 feet were reported by an offshore NOAA buoy.
Humberto then tracked away from Bermuda and into the northern Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 19 as it gradually weakened.