Hurricane Humberto moves northeast over the Atlantic

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By: The Associated Press
Sept. 15, 2019 -- 11 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Humberto has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says in a Sunday night advisory that Hurricane Humberto is about 785 miles (1,260 kilometers) west of Bermuda and moving northeast at 3 mph (5 kph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

The hurricane center expects Humberto's outer bands to drop 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) of rain on the northwest Bahamas. It says swells from Humberto may cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" in the northwest Bahamas and the U.S. coast from east-central Florida to North Carolina over the next few days.


By: The Associated Press
Sept. 15, 2019 -- 5 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) -- Gusty winds from Tropical Storm Humberto are still affecting portions of the northwestern Bahamas, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Dorian.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center expects Humberto to strengthen into a hurricane later Sunday or Sunday night, moving "well offshore of the east coast of Florida during the next day or so" before moving away from the U.S.

With winds of 60 mph (97 kph), Humberto is around 135 miles (217 kilometers) north-northwest of Great Abaco island in the Bahamas and around 175 miles (282 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's moving toward the north-northwest at a speed near 7 mph (11 kph).

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, although forecasters say Humberto could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions from east-central Florida to North Carolina.


By: The Associated Press
Sept. 14, 2019 - 2 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) -- Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Humberto will likely become a hurricane as it moves away from the Bahamas and the U.S. coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday that Humberto is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday night, but it won't threaten land by the time it intensifies to that strength.

However, swells generated by Humberto are expected to increase and affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina later this weekend and early next week. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the hurricane center said the storm was located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Great Abaco Island and 120 miles (190 kilometers) east-northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
The storm was moving 7 mph (11 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph).


By: The Associated Press
Sept. 14, 2019 - 8 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Humberto is bringing rain to parts of the Bahamas that were recently pummeled by Hurricane Dorian.

Parts of the northwestern Bahamas are expected to experience tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain over the weekend, but not significant storm surge.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday at 8 a.m. EDT that the storm was located about 30 miles (45 kilometers) east-northeast of Great Abaco Island and moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph).

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island. Forecasters say the Bahamas will get 2 to 4 inches of rain through Monday.

Portions of the coasts of Florida and Georgia will see 1 to 2 inches of rain.


By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
Sept. 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A disturbance still has the potential to become a tropical storm as it approaches the east coast of Florida this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center issued advisories for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine Thursday evening. It was moving slowly northwestward Friday morning as tropical storm watches were issued on the Florida coast from Jupiter Inlet northward to the Flagler-Volusia County line. A tropical storm watch means conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Heavy rain along with tropical-storm-force winds are possible as it nears or makes landfall along Florida's east coast late Saturday or early Sunday, according to the official forecast.

The conditions in the Big Bend and South Georgia will depend on the final path of the storm. If the projected storm moves more westward, there would be a greater chance of rain. If it tracks more east, rain chances will be lower as it drags in drier air from the northeast.

The storm displayed robust convection to the east of the apparent center Friday morning, but the disturbance lacked a closed center of circulation.

The official forecast has the disturbance as a tropical storm by early Saturday morning. Hurricane Hunters were en route to the system Friday morning to gather more data from it.