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6pm update: Hurricane Humberto passing Wednesday midnight

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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

Hurricane Humberto at 6pm on Monday
Hurricane Humberto at noon on Monday
Hurricane Humberto at 6am Monday
Sunday midnight update: Humberto upgraded to a hurricane
Graphic to show the likelihood of tropical storm-force winds over a five-day period as of 3pm on Sunday (Graphic from the National Hurricane Centre)
Noon update (Graphic from the Bermuda Weather Service)
Tropical Storm Humberto on Sunday at 6am
Tropical Storm Humberto at Saturday midnight

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Published September 16, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated September 17, 2019 at 2:07 am)

6pm update: Hurricane Humberto passing Wednesday midnight

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