Hurricane Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power as it blew past Bermuda. But officials said Thursday that the Category 3 storm caused no reported deaths.
“We’ve made it through and everyone is safe,” Premier David Burt said. “That’s what is most important.”
Security Minister Wayne Caines said power had been restored to most customers by midday Thursday and emergency crews were clearing roads of power lines damaged by the hurricane, which had winds of about 195 km/h at its nearest approach the Atlantic island on Wednesday night.
He said that government offices would reopen Friday, even if schools would remain closed. “The country is getting back on its feet and the good news is there was no loss of life,” Mr. Caines said.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Humberto would still kick up high surf in Bermuda and along the East Coast of North America.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of at 175 km/h Thursday evening, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward for 650 kilometres, covering a huge swath of ocean. The storm centre was about 665 kilometres northeast of Bermuda and moving to the northeast at a brisk 24 40 km/h.
Meanwhile, in Texas and Louisiana, the remains of Tropical Depression Imelda continued to dump flood-inducing rains. Forecasters warned that Imelda could bring up to 90 centimetres of rain this week in some areas of Texas through Friday.
Flooding forced Houston to shut down its public transit system on Thursday and, about 100 kilometres east, in Winnie, Tex., a hospital was evacuated and water was inundating several homes and businesses.
Newly formed Hurricane Lorena was knocked back down to tropical-storm force by a brush with land near Puerto Vallarta on Thursday, though forecasters said it would soon become a hurricane again on a track that would carry it close to the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula by Friday night.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h Thursday afternoon and its centre was about 100 km/h northwest of Cabo Corrientes, which juts into the Pacific below Puerto Vallarta.
Forecasters said the storm could bring 12.5 to 25 centimetres of rain to parts of the region and Mexican officials voiced concern that some parts of southern Mexico, which have seen a lack of rainfall, could suffer dangerous flash floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rain.
Schools were closed in parts of the region as a precaution.
Another tropical storm, Mario, was also moving north across the Pacific several hundred kilometres further out to sea. It had sustained winds of 100 km/h, but wasn’t expected to hit land.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic region, Jerry strengthened into a hurricane on a track that would carry it near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.
It had maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h and was 700 kilometres east of the Leeward Islands. It was moving to the west-northwest at 25 km/h.
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