Hurricane Humberto lashed Bermuda with strong winds Wednesday as the powerful Category 3 storm passed just to the north of the British Atlantic territory, while a newly formed hurricane threatened tourist resorts along Mexico's Pacific coast. Humberto came within about 75 miles of Bermuda before moving away out toward open waters late Wednesday, the AP reports. Bermuda Gov. John Rankin put 120 soldiers of the Royal Bermuda Regiment on alert for possible recovery efforts and National Security Minister Wayne Caines cautioned everyone to stay inside until Humberto's winds subsided Thursday. The US National Hurricane Center said hurricane-force winds began to hit the island by late afternoon and tropical storm-strength winds would last into early Thursday.
James Dodgson, director of the Bermuda Weather Service, warned that the storm could produce tornadoes and dangerous storm surge. Meanwhile, new Hurricane Lorena posed an increasing threat to tourist resorts on Mexico's Pacific Coast and the Baja California Peninsula. Forecasters said Lorena's core was expected to pass "near or over the southwestern coast" somewhere between the port of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday night and Thursday. In Texas, the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda drenched parts of the state's southeast, but officials in the Houston region said that there had been no severe problems by late Wednesday. (On Saturday, Humberto dumped more rain on parts of the Bahamas hit hard by Hurricane Dorian.)