Hurricane Humberto is expected to become a powerful extratropical cyclone later today, with large swells affecting Bermuda and much of the US east coast. With maximum sustained winds of 110mph, the storm is now 415 miles northeast of Bermuda – and tracking in a northeasterly direction. Powerful energy from the storm will track towards the UK into next week, bringing with it torrential rain and fierce winds, according to the latest weather maps.
The 11am (AST) NOAA update read: “At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Humberto was located near latitude 36.8 North, longitude 60.0 West.
“Humberto is moving toward the northeast near 24 mph (39 km/h). A slower north-northeastward motion is expected later today and tonight.
“A turn toward the east-northeast is expected to commence on Friday.
“Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts.
“The hurricane is expected to slowly weaken and become a post-tropical cyclone later today.”
Gradual weakening is now expected for the storm as it makes it track towards UK, where energy from the powerful hurricane will bring rain and fierce winds.
Large swells and dangerous surf conditions are forecast to continue along the coast of Bermuda over the next day or two – with a risk of coastal flooding.
The NHC also warn swells will continue to affect the northwestern Bahamas and much of the US coast, from east-central Florida to the Mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.
Forecasters have advised these swells could cause “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions”.
There are no coastal watches and warnings in effect with this latest advisory.
People are advised to consult their local weather service, and the Bermuda Weather Service.
The next complete public advisory will be released by the NHC at 5pm (AST).
Prior to this update, as Humberto edged away from the island, more than 27,900 people – 80 percent of the population of Bermuda – were left in the dark in a major power outage.
The power utility company Belco was in an “emergency state” as rain and strong winds continued to lash the island.
Express.co.uk will continue to update this story as the storm develops.