Hurricane Humberto (2019)
Humberto was a large and powerful tropical cyclone that caused extensive wind damage in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda during September 2019. It was the eighth named storm, third hurricane, and second major hurricane – Category 3 or higher on the Saffir–Simpson scale – of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. In total, the hurricane wrought over USD 25 million in damage throughout Bermuda.
About Hurricane Humberto (2019) in brief
Humberto was a large and powerful tropical cyclone that caused extensive wind damage in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda during September 2019. It was the eighth named storm, third hurricane, and second major hurricane – Category 3 or higher on the Saffir–Simpson scale – of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Humberto formed on September 13 from the prolonged interaction of a tropical wave and an upper-level trough, then paralleled the eastern coastline of Florida through September 16 before turning sharply northeastward. In total, the hurricane wrought over USD 25 million in damage throughout Bermuda. Some 90% of Bermuda’s banana crop was lost. Rip currents killed one person in Florida and another in North Carolina. In Bermuda, coastal flooding and rainfall were limited by low astronomical tides and Humber to’s quick forward motion. However, peak surface winds of around 110 mph, with higher gusts, caused widespread damage to trees, roofs, crops, and power lines, most notably on the western end of the island chain. The eastern coast of Florida saw tropical storm-force wind gusts and choppy seas, and light rainfall. Hurricane Jerry to the south briefly posed a threat to the territory as cleanup from Humberson got underway, but it ultimately dissipated with no ill-effects. The storm further strengthened to reach peak intensity as a Category 3 hurricane on September 18. It intensified into Tropical Storm HumberTo six hours later. The newly formed cyclone slowly turned northwestward as it tracked toward a weakness in the Azores high.
Dry air and windar imparted by the trough inhibited the storm’s organization, and the storm resembled a subtropical cyclone more closely by the tropical one rather than a fully tropical one. As the storm progressed, reconnaissance missions found a more aligned storm center, an indication that winds were beginning to relent and a formative inner core became apparent. While the cyclone temporarily stalled about 175 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, it temporarily intensified into the third hurricane of the season as it temporarily stalled over the surface temperatures over the East Coast of the United States. It became a potent extratropicalcyclone early on September 20. It then weakened to a tropical depression before becoming a tropical storm one day later. On September 21, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the disturbance to a potential tropicalcyclone, given that it posed athreat to land but its circulation did not yet meet the organization necessary to designate a tropical cyclon. This facilitated the issuance of tropical storm warnings in the Bahamas. On September 22, the NHC estimated that a tropical Depression formed around 18: 00 UTC on September 13, approximately 85 Miles east of Eleuthera in the Bahamian Islands. It later strengthened into a Tropical Storm Humberson on September 23, about 175 miles east of Cape Northeast of Cape Canaveral.