6pm update: Hurricane Humberto passing Wednesday midnight
Humberto, predicted to build tonight into a Category 2 hurricane, is now forecast to blow 106 miles past Bermuda’s north-west at midnight on Wednesday night.
But the storm could come closer to the island after that time, depending on its track.
The US-based National Hurricane Centre has said the storm, which is packing maximum sustained winds of 90mph gusting to 115mph, is moving east-north-east at 7mph.
The Emergency Measures Organisation is continuing to monitor the track of Humberto.
Wayne Caines, Minister of National Security, this afternoon urged residents to prepare early, and said the EMO would meet tomorrow and on Wednesday to evaluate the storm.
In an earlier statement, Mr Caines said: “The EMO is prepared and stands ready to convene should the weather system’s forecasted track pose a threat to Bermuda.
“I take this opportunity to remind the public that Bermuda is in the midst of hurricane season. I strongly encourage the public to revisit your business, household and family preparedness plans.”
Some hurricane preparedness steps include:
• Securing homes and checking storm shutters. Finalising any repairs around the house.
• Having the necessary supply of batteries, including a back-up battery / power supply for mobile phones.
• Having at least two weeks supply of medication for yourself, other family members or pets.
• Updating first aid kits.
• Checking gas canisters for use.
• Having necessary unperishable food supplies in the house.
• Have an analogue phone in case the power goes out
• Have a radio that runs on batteries that can tune into the Emergency Radio Station 100.1FM
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